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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.
White Gold Win09 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!”
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