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"Clair Family Estate now sits alongside Villa Maria as one of New Zealand’s most awarded wineries. And it’s nice to know it’s still New Zealand family-owned."
Deborah Walton and Peter Morice Timaru Herald, 3 November 2009

Awards & Accolades

Pioneer Block 3 '43' Degrees Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Awards

  • Gold: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2007
  • Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006
  • Gold: International Wine Challenge, London 2007
  • Gold: Liquorland International Top 100 Wine Competition 2006
  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2006
  • Silver: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2006
  • Bronze: NZ International Wine Show 2006
  • 4 ½ Stars: Cuisine Magazine NZ Sauvignon Blanc Tasting 2007
  • 4 Stars: Winestate - Marlborough Tasting 2007
  • 89 points: Wine Spectactor Magazine USA, April 2007

Accolades

"Green spectrum flavours of gooseberry, herbs, capsicum and beans fill the palate with a slightly earthy undercurrent, a touch of spice, a toastiness to the finish and a ripe, pungent, quintessential sauvignon blanc aftertaste."
Sue Courtney's Blog of Vinous Ramblings, http://www.wineoftheweek.com, March 2007


"Brash and lively with clean lime, anise and mineral flavours."
The New York Times, 27 June 2007


"Sweaty", spicy aromas and fresh, rich melon and gree-capsicum flavours that linger well."
Michael Cooper, John Belsham, Simon Waghorn, Cuisine January 2007