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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 Merlot 2004


  • Bronze: Bragato Wine Awards 2006


“Spicy anise and pepper characters showing through and a pleasant, berryish flavour. A bit green-beanish on the finish but that will lessen over time."
Hawkes Bay Today, 11 March 2006

“Soft, up-front, light-to-medium bodied, green-tinged wine, with some plums, spice and smoky oak and a sharpish finish.”
Graeme Barrow, The Northern Advocate, 18 March 2006

"This was aroma with character, backed by the same in the mouth. The wine was light and dry with little tannin weight but surprisingly drinkable given the phrases describing its nose. 'Plums picked by dirty fingers', 'yummy' was the definite comment.”
Capital Times, 18 April 2006