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The Saint Clair ‘Doctor’s Creek’ provides the winning medicine

10-Aug-14

Results were announced on Friday night at Auckland’s Northern Club for New Zealand’s Spiegalau International Wine Show and Saint Clair Family Estate have come out on top with award winning success.

Results were announced on Friday night at Auckland’s Northern Club for New Zealand’s Spiegalau International Wine Show and Saint Clair Family Estate have come out on top with award winning success.
 
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Doctor’s Creek Pinot Noir 2012 excelled and was awarded the highly acclaimed Champion Pinot Noir trophy. The wine is named after a small creek at the northern end of a vineyard which produces consistent exceptional wine quality, winning four trophies in the last four years.  Saint Clair owners Neal and Judy Ibbotson have memories of their children searching for eels in the creek in the 1970’s when the vineyard was first planted, never imagining the site would produce wine of such quality that it would gain global international success.
 
The award winning doesn’t stop there for the family owned Marlborough winery, also winning the 2014 Spiegelau Champion Producer of the Show. 
 
Neal Ibbotson Managing Director comments; “we never expect success at any wine show and so it is always an incredible thrill to see our emphasis on quality both in the vineyard and in the winery recognised. These accolades help provide a quality standard which we strive to maintain for our consumers who are the ultimate judge.  Award recognition is reflective of hard work, dedication and a tireless team commitment to quality. This has been integral to Saint Clair’s success in becoming a leading New Zealand wine producer.” 
 
This is the fourth year for the Spiegelau International Wine Competition (judged 15th-17th July) with 20 judges assessing over 1300 wines. Guest international judges included Ralph Kyte-Powell, Sue Hodder and Mike Bennie. 
It is the second consecutive year Saint Clair has been awarded Producer of the Show having won it jointly with two other wineries in 2013.
 
Gold medal wines from Saint Clair in this prestigious wine competition range in both varietals and price points. They are as follows;