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"Saint Clair not only won the prize for Wine Company of the Year for best overall performance in the tastings, but its chief winemaker Matt Thomson was named Winemaker of the Year for the second time in three years."
Peter Simic Winestate Press Release

Awards & Accolades

Pioneer Block 8 Friar's Sauvignon Blanc 2006


  • Gold: Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2006
  • Silver: NZ International Wine Show 2006
  • Bronze: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2007
  • Bronze: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2006
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006
  • 4 Stars: Cuisine Magazine NZ Sauvignon Blanc Tasting 2007
  • 3 Stars: Winestate, Marlborough Tasting 2007
  • 3 Stars: Winestate, Marlborough Tasting 2007


"has passionfruit, green capsicum and tomato leaf aromas and flavours, good balance and intensity."
Graeme Barrow, Northern Advocate, 13 January 2007

"The palate was mineral, medicinal and slightly astringent while progress across the palate and out to the finish delivered a vegetative/tropical mix that remained hard to quantify."
Deborah Walton & Peter Morice, Marlborough Express, 31 May 2007

"Fresh-scented, mouthfilling wine. A silver of sweetness amid ripely herbaceous flavours. Excellent depth."
Michael Cooper, John Belsham, Simon Waghorn, Cuisine January 2007