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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: 2013 | 2012 | 2011

Pioneer Block 12 Lone Gum Pinot Noir 2007

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson


Named after a solitary tree on the site in Dog Point Road, south of Renwick.


Lower Omaka Valley directly west of Blenheim.


Soils: Flat

Topography: Even, flat site

Climate: Quite a warm site, with high diurnal temperature changes.

Vine Age: Sixth year cropping

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The fruit was sourced from a vineyard on clay based soils of the Dog Point area in the lower Omaka Valley. The grapes harvested for this wine are the 10/5 clone, harvested late in the season, resulting in an intensely concentrated wine.


The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard on the fertile, free-draining soils of Marlborough’s Lower Wairau area. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool of the evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.


Dense Ruby


Lifted aromas of boysenberry and blueberry with highlighted notes of clove and spicy oak.


This Pinot Noir is a concentrated and tightly structured wine, with ripe fruit flavours of boysenberry and blueberry. The palate is fullbodied, with fine tannin structure. Ageing in French oak has lent a touch of spice on the palate with a long, lingering finish.


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


Alcohol: 14% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 6.3g/litre, pH: 3.47.

Food Match:

An ideal match with roast duck, turkey or chicken.