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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

Press Releases

Sauvignon Blanc tops the Liquorland Top 100 again

09 October 2006

Pioneer Block 2 took the Champion Wine of the Show Award at the Liquorland Top 100, 2006 For the second year in a row, the Champion Wine of the Show at the Liquorland Top 100 was a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Saint Clair Pioneer Block 2 took top honours, as announced at the awards dinner held in Auckland on Friday night.

Champion Winery was awarded to Villa Maria in yet another outstanding performance. The producer netted a trophy, five gold medals, nine silver and 17 bronze and achieved the highest number of wines selected for the Top 100 promotion.

Liquorland Merchandise Manager Andrew Bartley explains; “The objective of the Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Competition is to provide consumers with the most comprehensive range of top quality wines commercially available on the New Zealand market.”

Other trophies were awarded as follows:

Champion Sauvignon Blanc – Saint Clair Pioneer Block 2 2006
Champion Chardonnay – Vavasour Anna’s Vineyard 2004
Champion Riesling – Brightwater Nelson 2006
Champion Pinot Gris – Kim Crawford New Zealand 2006
Champion Viognier – Coopers Creek Gisborne 2006
Champion Gewurztraminer – Hunter’s 2006
Champion Sweet Wine – Alpha Domus AD Noble Selection 2005
Champion Sparkling – Piper Heidseick Champagne Brut NV
Champion Other Reds – Frescobaldi Remole 2004
Champion Pinot Noir – Kim Crawford Comley Bank Marlborough 2005
Champion Merlot – Villa Maria Reserve 2004
Champion Cabernet Sauvignon – Wolf Blass Grey Label 2004
Champion Shiraz – Shingleback McLaren Vale 2004
Champion Fortified – Lauriston Show Muscat

The Top 100 wines will be promoted in Liquorland stores nationwide from Monday 9th October 2006