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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.
Awards & Accolades
Marlborough Merlot 2003
- Bronze: Bragato Wine Awards 2005, 2004
- 4 Stars: Cuisine Magazine, November 2005
- 4 Stars: Winestate 2005 Regional Tasting
- Peters Picks: Peter Saunders Food & Beverage Marketplace, July 2005
"Has savoury aromas with contrasting sweet fruit flavours, lots of creamy oak, a hint of liquorice and a long juicy finish. It proves that some good reds - other that pinot noir - can come out of Marlborough."
Sue Courtney, Rodney Times, 23 June 2005
"Here's a clean and spunky wine just starting to unfold. Satisfying now; best late 2005 into 2008."
Peter Saunders, Food & Beverage Magazine, July 2005