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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.
Awards & Accolades
Godfrey's Creek Reserve Pinot Gris 2006
- Gold: Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2006
- Bronze: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2007
- Bronze: NZ International Wine Show 2006
- Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006
"From Marlborough - a stunning aromatic from Saint Clair, among the best made in New Zealand from its variety. The Godfrey's Creek Reserve Pinot Gris 06 is virtually dry but tastes luscious - pear, spice and apricot all in harmony. Lovely texture, balance and finish."
Graeme Barrow, The Daily Post, 2 January 2007
..has soft aromas of pears and the palate is soft and creamy. It has a little sweetness to start and flavours of pears and nuts with hint of spice to finish. All of the flavours linger softly.
Peter Shaw, Waikato Times, 7 February 2007
"Dryish on palate, steely and crisp, very clean and powerful, excellent clarity and cut. Still tightly bound, this should develop well. 18/20"
Raymond Chan, 2006 NZ Pinot Gris, February 2007