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"Saint Clair not only won the prize for Wine Company of the Year for best overall performance in the tastings, but its chief winemaker Matt Thomson was named Winemaker of the Year for the second time in three years."
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White Gold Win

09 September 2008 WHITE GOLD WIN
Saint Clair wins White Winemaker of the Year at International Awards


Matt Thomson, Chief winemaker for celebrated New Zealand winery Saint Clair Family Estate, has been awarded White Winemaker of the Year at the 2008 International Wine Challenge, held in London last week.

Matt was awarded White Winemaker of the Year from three finalists who made the final cut in the White Winemaker category. The two other finalists were Alastair Maling MW of Villa Maria and Lucie Depuydt of J.Moreau et Fils.

Thomson comments, “It’s a great honor to be awarded this title by the judges of the world’s biggest wine awards. We are a tight team in Marlborough and are all very passionate about the fruits of our labour, so international recognition is always a reminder that we performing well in a highly competitive world wine market.”

More than 370 winemakers, merchants and writers formed the international judging panel at this year’s awards. And over the course of the judging process, sampled over 9000 wines.

Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2007 was awarded a gold medal and the New Zealand White Wine trophy and the International Sauvignon Blanc trophy.

Managing Director of Saint Clair Family Estate, Neal Ibbotson, comments, “We are particularly delighted with the award to Matt Thomson and to Saint Clair. It is wonderful that New Zealand continues to achieve such a significant presence in the international wine world. Naturally we celebrated with some Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc – it would have been wrong not too!”

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 pippa@theprshop.co.nz