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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.
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Press Releases

Saint Clair Wins Reserve Wine of the Show

12 November 2006

Rachael Carter from GlobalCap presents Neal Ibbotson with a Trophy at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006 Saint Clair Estate Wines has scooped a major award at the prestigious 2006 Air New Zealand Wine Awards (11 November), winning the trophy for Reserve Wine of the Show ahead of more than 1700 wines entered.

The company’s flagship wine, Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, also won the prestigious Champion Sauvignon Blanc for the best Sauvignon Blanc at the Show. This wine has now won 24 trophies and 33 gold medals over the last five vintages.

This is the second time the Marlborough winery has claimed the Sauvignon Blanc trophy at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards since it was founded by Neal and Judy Ibbotson in 1994.

Saint Clair collected a total of two trophies and seven gold medals, the highest number awarded to a single winery label at the Show, making them the most successful Sauvignon Blanc exhibitor and setting a new benchmark as New Zealand’s leading Sauvignon Blanc producer.

Neal Ibbotson, managing director of Saint Clair Estate Wines comments: ‘These Air New Zealand trophies will certainly take pride of place in our awards cabinet. We’ve won many local and international awards, but to have our Sauvignon Blanc recognised at New Zealand’s premiere wine show is very special indeed.’

Saint Clair won six of the 19 Gold medals awarded to Sauvignon Blanc, which included medals for:
Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2006 ($29.95)
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 1 Sauvignon Blanc 2006 ($24.95)
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 Sauvignon Blanc 2006 ($24.95)
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 6 Sauvignon Blanc 2006 ($24.95)
Saint Clair Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 ($19.95)
Saint Clair Vicar’s Choice Sauvignon Blanc 2006 ($16.95)

These awards reflect Saint Clair’s ability to make excellent wines at each price point of the market, and their commitment to providing world-class wines that continually exceed the expectations of both their customers and the judges.

This latest award tops of an enormously successful year for Saint Clair, which has won the Champion Sauvignon Blanc at three other major New Zealand wine shows in 2006 (the New Zealand International Wine Show, the Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Show and the International Aromatic Wine Competition).

Saint Clair also won one of three gold medals awarded to Merlot for its Saint Clair Rapaura Reserve Merlot 2005.