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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

Vicar's Choice Sauvignon Blanc 2004

Awards

  • Bronze: New World Wine Awards 2005
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2004
  • 91 points: Wine Spectator 2005
  • 3 ½ Stars: Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2005
  • 3 Stars: Cuisine Magazine 2005
  • 3 Stars: Winestate 2005
  • Best Buy: TiZWine.com, October 2004

Accolades

“Marlborough, light-bodied and fresh, with passionfruit and capsicum aromas and flavours.”

Graeme Barrow, Bay of Plenty Times, 19 April 2005


“This wine was like a summer fruit salad of flavours to me. But the Vicar’s tastes included “flavours of guava and nettles”. Maybe I need to go to communion more but at $16.95, I don’t mind sharing different taste experience with the Vicar.”
Robyn Martin, NZ Woman's Weekly, 22 August 2005