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IWC Awards Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Best Sauvignon Blanc

Saint Clair awoke this morning with news of a trophy win as the International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London named its 2019 trophy winners overnight. The Saint Clair Wairau Reserve 2018 has been awarded the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc trophy and the International Sauvignon Blanc trophy.

All trophy winners are selected from the gold medal-winning wines which have undertaken further thorough blind tastings by a panel of international wine experts.

Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc is Saint Clair’s flagship wine. Created through utilising an open-minded viticulture approach and unique stringent wine quality assessment. It is very much a team effort selected as the best Sauvignon Blanc representation from the very best tank (top 2 per cent of the company’s Sauvignon Blanc production). The wine has developed icon status in many world markets.

This is not the first time the Saint Clair Wairau Reserve has been recognised for excellence at this most prestigious international wine show having been awarded IWC trophy’s in 2008, 2007, 2005 and 2003.

Saint Clair is renowned for award success and the company is incredibly proud of the winery’s consistent achievements through international wine shows. Neal Ibbotson (Managing Director) comments, “It is overwhelming, to be recognised internationally at a highly acclaimed and influential wine competition such as IWC for our flagship wine. We are fortunate to have exceptional selected vineyard sites and a great team of highly skilled people creating a wine that can claim to be the best of its variety in the world.’

A strong team approach to consistently produce wines of quality has lead Saint Clair Family Estate to being one of New Zealand’s most awarded wineries. Receiving awards such as this, further cements this reputation.