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"Saint Clair now makes the country’s and perhaps the world’s best
Sauvignon Blanc. Saint Clair has won more top awards for Sauvignon
Blanc in recent years than any of the three or four hundred other local
producers. Although Sauvignon Blanc is clearly Saint Clair’s
signature wine it has also earned trophies for Chardonnay, Merlot,
Pinot Noir, and Riesling over the same period."
Pioneer Block 9 Big John Riesling
Grapes from a site in the lower Brancott Valley were specifically chosen for Pioneer Block 9 wines due to the evenness of the soils and the age of the vines.
These wines are made in a Germanic Spatlese style, with the natural residual grape sugar balanced by firm acidity creating an off-dry impression.
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.