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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.
Winning Awards the World Over03 June 2006
Saint Clair Estate Wines, Marlborough, New Zealand’s most awarded Sauvignon Blanc from 2005 vintage Saint Clair Estate Wines is delighted to announce that its Saint Clair Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has just been awarded a gold medal at the prestigious London International Wine Challenge 2006. This wine clearly holds the position as New Zealand’s most awarded Sauvignon Blanc from 2005 vintage, across all price points in the market, with a gold medal tally of seven and three trophies.
Neal Ibbotson comments, “This latest gold medal really reinforces our commitment to exceed customers’ expectations at all price points – this wine has a recommended retail price of $19.95 to $20.95 and has excellent availability in all good wine outlets throughout New Zealand as well as being exported to over 30 markets around the world.
The quality of this wine is being recognised alongside Saint Clair’s flagship Wairau Reserve which has has won 28 gold medals and 20 trophies in the last five vintages making it New Zealand’s most internationally awarded wine.
Saint Clair Estate Wines began in 1994 and has received a multitude of prestigious awards and trophies from around the world. They now have five significant regional vineyard sites and excellent knowledge and experience of which varieties grow best at each site. Not to mention the new, high-tech, $10 million winery that opened in March and will see production levels for 2006 at around 250,000 cases