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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

Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Awards

  • Gold: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, NZ 2010
  • Gold: Royal Hobart International Wine Show, Australia 2009
  • Gold: WSA Wine Challenge, Singapore 2010
  • Gold: Decanter World Wine Awards, UK 2010
  • Gold: International Wine Challenge, UK 2010
  • Gold: Christchurch Casino Sauvignon Blanc Charity Award 2009
  • Double Gold: Tri-Nations Wine Challenge 2010

Accolades

90 POINTS. The flagship Sauvignon Blanc bottling from St. Clair starts off with pungent, leafy notes, then adds plenty of balancing nectarine and grapefruit. It’s concentrated and full bodied on the palate, then shows excellent length, developing hints of honeyed fruit. —J.C. Wine Enthusiast (Sept Issue 2010)
J.C.