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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.
Raymond Chan www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

Pioneer Block


Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Pinot Gris

This vineyard is situated in Hawkesbury Road, in Omaka Valley – south west of Blenheim on gentle, even northern slope.

The area has warmer days, cooler nights and aged silt loam soil with clay loam sub-soil. This all contributes to the power and intensity of the berries.


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