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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.
MaryAnn Worobiec Wine Spectator

Awards & Accolades

Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2002

Awards

  • Gold Medal and Silverado Trophy: International Wine and Spirits Competition, London June 2003
  • Gold Medal and Champion Sauvignon Blanc Trophy: Bragato Wine Awards 2002
  • Gold Medal and Best Wine Trophy: The Wine Review Singapore 2003
  • Gold: New Zealand Wine Society Easter Awards 2003
  • Gold: Liquorland International Top 100 2002
  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2002
  • Gold Medal, First Taste and People’s Choice Trophies: Casino South Island Awards 2002
  • Blue-Gold Medal and Top 100 Wine: Sydney International Wine Competition 2003
  • Silver: International Wine Challenge 2003
  • 5 Stars: Cuisine Magazine, January 2003
  • 4 Stars: Winestate, May/June 2003
  • 89 points: Wine Spectator 2002
  • Number 1: New Zealand versus South Africa 2003