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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 Unoaked Chardonnay 2005

Awards

  • Bronze: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2007
  • 3 ½ Stars: Winestate Marlborough Tasting 2007
  • 88 points: Wine Spectator Harvey Steinman July 2006

Accolades

“Still fresh and youthful but each passing month will open this up well. Plenty of uncluttered Marlborough fruit, good spine and balance and lots of drinkability. No hurry.”
Winestate Magazine, May/June 2006


"Saint Clair has made its Unoaked Chardonnay look rich, groovy and inviting-and it delivers. Fresh-cut nectarine, grapefruit and peaches on the nose and there’s power and length on the palate. One of the best unoaked chardonnays I’ve ever tried-that’s a fact.” 4.5 stars.
Yvonne Dudman, Hawkes Bay Today, 1 July 2006


“...This unoaked, fruit-driven chardonnay is fresh and charming, overflowing with suggestions of peaches, pears, apricots, a suggestion of creamy nuttiness and a crisp, juicy finish.”
Charmian Smith, Otago Daily Times, 5 July 2006