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"Clair Family Estate now sits alongside Villa Maria as one of New Zealand’s most awarded wineries. And it’s nice to know it’s still New Zealand family-owned."
Deborah Walton and Peter Morice Timaru Herald, 3 November 2009

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Gold Times over the Ditch

05 December 2007

On the back of recent international success, family-owned Saint Clair Estate Wines has made us proud across the ditch, winning three Blue-Gold medals at the 2008 Sydney International Wine Competition.

The main aim of the Sydney International Wine Competition is to help consumers select quality wines to complement their food choices. Sydney-siders are renowned for their discerning taste, and with seven judges and hundreds of entries from around the world the competition is highly revered on the international scene, making it a tough one to gain recognition in.

Judging was held from the 8 to the 12 of October this year. Saint Clair’s blue-gold medal winners have recently been announced as:

Blue-Gold: Saint Clair Omaka Reserve Chardonnay 2005
(RRP $32.95)

Blue-Gold: Saint Clair Pioneer Block 2 Swamp Block Sauvignon Blanc 2007
(RRP $26.95)

TOP 100 and Blue- Gold: Saint Clair Pioneer Block 9 Big John Riesling 2007
(RRP 24.95)

All three winning wines are available on the local market currently.

Saint Clair owner and founder, Neal Ibbotson, says, “We are absolutely thrilled, the Sydney Top 100 is a prestige wine show, and to win three golds, across three categories competition confirms the top quality of our wines.”

Saint Clair Estate Wines was founded in 1994 and has received a multitude of prestigious awards and trophies from around the world.


Prepared on behalf of Saint Clair Estate Wines by the pr shop. For further information please contact Pippa Lekner on (09) 368 1078, 021 500 760 or email pippa@theprshop.co.nz