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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.
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London International Wine Challenge Winner

16 June 2008 Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc Crème of the Crop

The London International Wine Challenge hosts the largest wine contest in the world with over 9000 wines entered every year. Awards for the 2008 Challenge were announced today (16 June 2008) and Saint Clair Family Estate was awarded two of the top trophies, yet again reinforcing Saint Clair as New Zealand’s prestige producer of Sauvignon Blanc.

The Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2007 won the Trophy for Best International Sauvignon Blanc and the Trophy for Best New Zealand White Wine.

This wine has already been awarded the Trophy for champion Sauvignon Blanc at the Tri-Nations Wine Awards 2007 as well as gold medals at the
NZ International Wine Show 2007 and Royal Easter Wine Show 2008. US wine publication, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, rated it at 91 points in April 2008.

This particular wine has been awarded an outstanding 41 gold medals and 30 trophies since 2001 making it New Zealand’s most awarded Sauvignon Blanc ever.

Neal Ibbotson, managing director and owner of Saint Clair Family Estate comments, “Winning trophies on an international platform always brings a thrill to our team. Even with such a highly awarded wine – we never get complacent! The most exciting thing for us is the consistency in our awards results – the quality of our 2008 vintage is looking very exciting and our aim is always to try to achieve better year on year.”

Limited stocks of Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2007 are stil available in New Zealand from selected fine wine stores. The wine is also listed at leading restaurants throughout the country.

Prepared on behalf of Saint Clair Family Estate by the pr shop. For further information please contact Neal Ibbotson on (03) 57 88695 or Pippa Lekner on (09) 368 1078, 021 500 760 or email