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So far, the 2011s show plenty of promise and some pretty terrific wines and values. At the top of the list, not surprisingly, is Saint Clair. Saint Clair winemaker Matt Thomson is passionate about Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and he's exploring the region in depth with the Pioneer Block series, which focuses on select parcels and vineyard sites. I like those wines very much but the reserve bottling is truly the standout - aromatic and elegant, and wonderfully delicious.
MaryAnn Worobiec Wine Spectator

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Other Vintages: 2009 | 2007

Pioneer Block 13 B & B Block Chardonnay 2007

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson


These vines are on a very even site, at the eastern end of Rapaura Road beside Saint Clair’s Cellar Door, and named after Bruce and Bridget, B & B, the owners of this vineyard.


Eastern end of Rapaura Road (north of Blenheim)


Soils: Even, fertile, shallow silt loam.

Topography: Flat, even land

Climate: Warm days and cool nights.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The soil type is shallow silt loam, which gives fertile soils, and aids healthy vines. The dominating flavour from fruit grown here is grapefruit.


This fruit is sourced from a single vineyard at Saint Clair’s Cellar Door. Made from 100 per cent Clone 95 the grapes were carefully monitored during ripening and hand harvested at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.


Pale gold


The nose shows lifted aromas of grapefruit and lime with underlying almond notes.


A fresh, crisp wine with an elegant, complex palate and layers of citrus, nuts and mineral character.


Drinking well now however patient cellaring will reward over the next five years.


Alcohol: 13% v/v,, Titratable Acidity: 6.6 g/litre, pH: 3.12.

Food Match:

Enjoy this Pioneer Block Chardonnay with grilled chicken wrapped in crispy bacon or fresh seafood dishes with roasted garlic aoili.