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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 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Awards

  • NZ Sauvignon Blanc Trophy: Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2009
  • Trophy Champion White Wine: WSA Wine Challenge 2010 Singapore
  • Trophy Best Wine in the Show: WSA Wine Challenge 2010 Singapore
  • Trophy Best Dry White Wine: Shanghai International Wine Challenge 2010
  • Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Shanghai International Wine Challenge 2010
  • Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2009
  • Gold: Liquorland Top 100 2009
  • Gold: AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2010
  • Gold: NZ International Wine Show 2009
  • Elite Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2009
  • Gold: Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2009
  • Gold: WSA Wine Challenge 2010 Singapore
  • Gold: Shanghai International Wine Challenge 2010
  • Gold: Liquorland International Wine Competition 2010, NZ
  • 91 points: Wine & Spirits Magazine USA - Issue Feb 2011
  • 3 Stars: Winestate Magazine Special Edition 2009

Accolades

90 POINTS. Seems riper and more tropical in style than the other 2009 Pioneer Blocks from St. Clair, with red currant and passion fruit leading the way and only showing hints of herbaceousness on the lingering finish. —J.C. Wine Enthusiast (Sept Issue 2010)
J.C.