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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

Rapaura Reserve Merlot 2005

Awards

  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006
  • Silver: NZ International Wine Show 2006
  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2006
  • 4 Stars: Winestate - Marlborough Tasting 2007

Accolades

"Mellow with plum, currant, chocolate and mushroom aromas. Will develop over the next five years."
John Hawkesby, Next Magazine, 31 March 2007