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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 18 Snap Block Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Awards

  • Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Tri Nations Wine Challenge 2009
  • Gold: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2009 - NZ
  • Gold: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2008 , Royal NZ Show
  • Gold: San Francisco International Wine Competition 2009
  • Silver: The New Zealand International Wine Show 2008
  • Silver: International Wine Challenge 2009 - UK
  • Silver: Liquorland Top 100 2008
  • Silver: Bragato Wine Awards 2008
  • Silver: International Wines & Spirits Competition, 2008
  • Bronze: Indian Wine Challenge 2008 - India
  • Bronze: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008 - NZ
  • Bronze: Decanter World Wine Awards 2009
  • 5 Stars: Winestate Special Edition 2008
  • 93 points: Taste NZ Magazine 2008 - 31st December
  • 91 points: Wine Spectator 03/09 USA
  • 3 Stars: Cuisine Magazine 2009 January Issue 132
  • 3 Stars: Winestate Magazine 2009 March/April

Accolades

I found the 2008 vintage Saint Clair Snap Block Sauvignon Blanc to have a wonderful bouquet of passionfruit, grapefruit and blackcurrant. The palate had the same presence of blackcurrant and passionfruit in a vibrant mix, with underlying mineral and savoury notes. The finish is long and lingering.

I would recommend trying the 2008 Saint Clair Snap Block Sauvignon Blanc with poached salmon or a seafood salad. .
Stephen Clark, The Weekly Wine Review, www.tstnz.com 2009


"Another good one", noted one panellist. Very pretty and powerful wine with full-on tropical richness evident on both nose and palate. Will improve even further with some age."
Winestate Annual Edition, 2009


"Wonderfully delicate and tantalisingly complex"
Bob Campbell, MW, Taste, Dec 2008