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Decanter International Trophy Success for Saint Clair Family Estate

07 September 2009

One of the most prestigious and influential wine competitions in the wine industry has awarded Saint Clair Family Estate one of the highest distinctions possible based on variety. The Saint Clair Pioneer Block 12 Lone Gum Gewurztraminer 2008 has been awarded the International Trophy for the best Dry Aromatic over 10 pounds.

The judge’s comment was, “Pale gold shade. Rich, focused white peach, jasmine, preserved lemon and rose petals. The pot pourri fragrance comes through on the palate, alongside beeswax, herbs and marmalade. Great finesse”.

More entries than ever before at previous wine competitions were seen at the 2009 Decanter World Wine Awards making it the worlds biggest wine competition. 2,240 different wine companies’ submitted wines making up 10,285 entries.

The award follows further international success from Saint Clair Family Estate at the Mondial Du Pinot Noir. Final awards were announced in Sierre, Switzerland, Friday 4th September. This show stands apart, as it is the only competition held at this level for wines from a specific grape variety. It was here that Saint Clair Family Estate scooped the only two gold medals awarded to any New Zealand wine producing company.

The following results were achieved at the Mondial Du Pinot Noir;
GOLD - Saint Clair Pioneer Block 16 Awatere Pinot Noir 2008
GOLD – Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Doctor’s Creek Pinot Noir 2008
SILVER – Saint Clair Marlborough Pinot Noir 2007

Managing director Neal Ibbotson is thrilled with the recent international recognition and comments “The fantastic results are attributed to our unique quality assessment system which has identified superior sub-regions of Marlborough. This combined with a team approach focused on quality has lead to Saint Clair Family Estate being one of New Zealand’s most awarded wineries”.

The results emphasise once again not only Saint Clair Family Estates excellence in quality, but its broad diversity of varietals, vineyard sites and price points.