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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 2004


  • Runner-Up Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Winestate Magazine, Runner-up Sauvignon Blanc of the Year 2005
  • Trophy International Sauvignon Blanc: Decanter World Wine Awards, London 2005
  • Trophy for Sauvignon Blanc: International Wine & Spirit Competition 2005
  • Best in Class - Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc: International Wine & Spirit Competition London 2005
  • Trophy Regional NZ Sauvignon Blanc: Decanter World Wine Awards, London 2005
  • Trophy Top of Class: Tri Nations Wine Awards 2004
  • Gold: Casino First Taste Sauvignon Awards 2004
  • Trophy Best Sauvignon Blanc: International Aromatic Wine Competition Canterbury A & P Show 2004
  • Gold: Home & Entertaining Magazine Dec 04/Jan 05, Bob Campbell MW
  • Gold: International Aromatic Wine Competition canterbury A & P Show 2004
  • Gold: Decanter World Wine Awards London 2005
  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2004
  • Gold: New Zealand Wine Society Easter Awards 2005
  • Gold: Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2004
  • Gold: International Wine & Spirits Competition, London 2005
  • Trophy Supreme Sauvignon Blanc: Casino First Taste Sauvignon Blanc Awards 2004
  • Silver: Japan Wine Challenge 2005
  • 4 ½ Stars: Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2005
  • 4 ½ Stars: Winestate
  • 4 Stars: Cuisine Magazine January 2005
  • 90 points: Top 100 Wine Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine April 2005
  • Seal of Approval: International Wine Challenge 2005
  • Peters Picks: Peter Saunders Food & Beverage Marketplace, November 2004