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The single vineyard ‘Pioneer Block’ wines of Saint Clair require separate handling, the winery using 250 small tanks to manage this. The amount of detail for winemakers Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark and their team is considerable, but the result is a fascinating range of wines that express their origin and site. In essence Saint Clair is bottling ‘terroir’ for keen wine enthusiasts to ponder and enjoy. The quality per se of the ‘Pioneer Block’ wines has been extremely high as well, reflecting the identification of superior as well as individual vineyards by Saint Clair’s owner Neal Ibbotson.
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Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Pinot Noir 2007

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson


This wine is named Bull Block after the stud Jersey bulls who previously grazed on a paddock on this site.


The Hawkesbury region of the Omaka Valley, south west of Blenheim.


Soils: Aged silt loams over clay loam sub-soil.

Topography: Flat.

Climate: Very warm days followed by cool nights.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

Warmer days and cooler nights with the clay rich vigour-moderating soils all contribute to small berries which give this wine power, concentration and intensity.


This fruit was grown by one of Saint Cair's most dedicated growers in the Omaka Valley. 100 per cent clone 10/5, these grapes are harvested later in the season allowing a long ripening period which increases the intensity of flavours.


Bright ruby red


Lifted aromas of black cherry and plums with toasty oak notes.


With aromas of black cherries, plums and toasty oak the palate is rich and full with powerful dark fruit flavours, deep savoury notes and a lingering finish.


Enjoy now or cellar for between two to five years.


Alcohol: 13.5%, Titratable Acidity: 6.1g/litre, pH: 3.53.

Food Match:

Best matched with full-flavoured lamb or beef.



  • Trophy, Decanter World Wine Awards 2009 New Zealand Pinot Noir Trophy - (Over 10 Pounds)
  • Gold, Bragato Wine Awards 2008