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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
Vicar's Choice Riesling 2008
- Silver: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2009 NZ
- Bronze: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2008 , Royal NZ Show
- 4 Stars: BEST BUY - Cuisine Magazine 2009 March Issue 133
"BEST BUY - This dry, poised wine, brimming with tastes of lime, mandarin and crisp red apple, is another example of the great bang for your buck that Riesling can provide. The Vicar obviously knew his wine. Medium-dry."
John Saker, Cuisine Magazine, March 2009
Wine of the Month Wine Beverage Centre
, www.winebeveragecenter.com April 2009
"Mr. Matt Thomson is the winemaker of this fine fresh wine with characters of citrus, limes and grapefruit on the palate."