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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

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Awards

  • Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Christchurch Casino Sauvignon Blanc Charity Award 2009
  • Trophy Champion White Wine: India Wine Challenge 2010
  • Gold: Christchurch Casino Sauvignon Blanc Charity Award 2009
  • Gold: India Wine Challenge 2010
  • Gold: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2010
  • 5 Stars – Top in Category: Winestate Magazine Special Edition 2009
  • 90 points: Wine & Spirits Magazine USA - Issue Feb 2011

Accolades

Offers what folks have begun to identify as pretty standard Marlborough Sauvignon, combining a struck-flint character upfront with grassy notes, melon and fig fruit and followed by a citrusy finish. Seems a touch soft; drink now. —J.C. Wine Enthusiast (Sept Issue 2010)
J.C.