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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.
Pioneer Block 17 Bay Block Merlot
Saint Clair has identified two small parcels of wine from vineyards in Hawke’s Bay in the North Island of New Zealand. The Merlot is grown in free-draining silt loam soils in the Mangatahi area.
Saint Clair also produce a Pioneer Block 17 Bay Block Syrah