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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

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2004


  • Runner-Up Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Winestate Magazine Wine of the Year November 2004
  • Gold: New World Wine Awards 2005
  • Gold: International Aromatic Wine Competition Canterbury A & P Show 2004
  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2004
  • Silver: Royal Hobart International Wine Show
  • Silver: International Wine & Spirits Competition 2005
  • Silver: Japan Wine Challenge
  • Silver: NZ Wine Society Easter Awards 2005
  • Silver and Best Buy Under $25 Wines: Home & Entertaining Magazine 2004, Bob Campbell MW
  • 5 Stars: Winestate Magazine Nov/Dec 2004
  • 4 Stars: Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2005
  • 91 points: Wine Spectator Harvey Steiman November 2004
  • 90 points: Robert M Parker Jr, Wine Advocate October 2004
  • 3 ½ Stars: Cuisine Magazine, January 2005
  • Seal of Approval: International Wine Challenge 2005
  • 3 Stars: Winestate Regional Tasting 2005
  • Peters Picks: Peter Saunder's Food & Beverage Marketplace October 2004
  • Top Wine: Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine, November 2004
  • Top Tip 1st 1X Sauvignon Blancs:, October 2004
  • Top Tip 17.50 Marks:, July 2004