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Pioneer Block 9 Big John Riesling 2007

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson


The name of this vineyard reflects its 6ft 10in owner, John Walsh, affectionately known in viticultural circles as Big John. He and his wife Lynne are Saint Clair’s major grape growers.


Lower Brancott Valley


Soils: Even, free draining alluvial soils of moderate fertility.

Topography: Flat

Climate: Typical mid-Marlborough Valley climate with warm days and cool nights approaching vintage creating gentle ripening over a lengthy period.

Vine Age: Approximately nine years old.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The evenness of older soils and age of the vines contribute to distinct mineral notes and excellent fruit weight on the palate.


Grapes from a site in the lower Brancott Valley were specifically chosen for this wine due to the evenness of the soils and the age of the vines. The fruit was picked in the coolest part of the day at the peak of flavour development.


Pale gold


Intense aromas of lime and grapefruit leap from the glass with subtle hints of mandarin and apricot to give a complete complex nose.


An elegant wine bursting with flavours of citrus and green apples with a delicate honeysuckle note. Made in a Germanic Spätlese style, the natural residual sugar is balanced by firm acidity creating an off-dry impression.


With careful cellaring the citrus flavours will gradually be replaced with honey and grapefruit notes. Recommended cellaring is for at least five years from the date of vintage.


Alcohol: 10% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 9.5 g/litre, Residual Sugar: 49 g/litre, pH: 2.92.

Food Match:

Enjoy on its own as an alternative to sparkling wines or with seafood of other delicately flavoured foods.



  • Trophy, International Aromatic Wine Competition 2008 , Royal NZ Show Champion Riesling Trophy
  • Gold, International Aromatic Wine Competition 2008 , Royal NZ Show
  • Blue-Gold Medal and Top 100 Wine, Sydney International Wine Competition 2008
  • Double Gold, San Francisco International Wine Competition 2009