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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

Vicar's Choice Sauvignon Blanc 2008


  • Trophy: Grand Champion - Old Ebbitt Grill Oyster Riot 2008 USA
  • Judges Choice: International Value Wine Awards 2009 Alberta Canada
  • Blue Gold: Sydney International Wine Competition 2009 AUSTRALIA
  • Silver: Vinnaya Karta Open 2009 - Russia
  • Silver: San Francisco International Wine Competition 2009
  • Bronze: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2008 NZ
  • Bronze: International Aromatic Wine Competition Royal NZ Show 2008 NZ
  • Bronze: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2009 NZ
  • Bronze: Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Compeition 2008 NZ
  • 4 ½ Stars: Winestate Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Winestate Special Edition
  • 4 Stars: Marlborough Regional Tasting Winestate Magazine - Michael Cooper 2009 March/April
  • 92 points: Wine & Spirits Magazine, February 2010
  • 90 points: Wine Spectator 04/09 USA
  • Commended: International Wine Challenge 2009 - UK


"Exuberantly powerful nose - all capsicum and green thistles; pretty solid. Long, fresh and zesty palate with nice complexity of fresh fruit and tropical flavours. $19 (NZ)"
Winestate Annual Edition, 2009