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“This recent success clearly recognises the ability of Saint Clair’s winemaking team, led my Mat Thomson and Hamish Clark, to produce quality wines of world-class excellence – a remarkable achievement for the family-owned Marlborough winery.”
Tamara Rubanowski Editor FMCG, August 2011

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Other Vintages: 2015 | 2013 | 2012

Pioneer Block 15 Strip Block Pinot Noir 2007

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson



The Lower Waihopai Valley directly west of Blenheim


Soils: Clay based.

Topography: Even, flat site.

Climate: Flat and even, at the mouth of the Waihopai Valley.

Vine Age: Fourth year cropping.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The clay based soils provide a vigour-moderating environment conducive to growing top quality Pinot Noir.


The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard in the mouth of the Waihopai Valley. All Dijon clones, the fruit selected for this special wine was 53 per cent clone 777, and 47 per cent clone 115.


Bright ruby


Lifted aromas of raspberry and cherries, and intensely lifted aromatics of violet, complemented by touches of spice.


This elegant wine has a well–structured and refined palate. It has good length with flavours of raspberry and cherries, balanced by the acidity and soft tannins. Ageing in new French barrels has lent warm savoury notes which lead to a full lingering finish.


Drinking well now, and patient cellaring will reward over the next two to five years.


Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 6.2g/litre, pH: 3.55.

Food Match:

Best matched with game or lamb dishes and served with mushrooms or rich savoury sauces.



  • Trophy, International Wine Challenge 2009 Marlborough Pinot Noir Trophy 2009
  • Trophy, International Wine Challenge 2009 - NZ Pinot Noir Trophy
  • Gold, Christchurch Casino Pinot Noir Awards 2009
  • Gold, International Wine Challenge 2009 - UK