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Saint Clair Family Estate Quadruple Trophy Win At Bragato

29 August 2011

Saint Clair Family Estate Quadruple Trophy Win At Bragato

Saint Clair Family Estate is thrilled to announce an astounding quadruple trophy win at the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2011. Four trophies awarded for Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir (2) and Noble Riesling, along with six gold medals, across a range of varietals, is a particularly exceptional achievement that further cements Saint Clair’s award winning reputation.

TROPHY Richard Smart Trophy – Reserve Champion Wine
TROPHY Mike Wolter Memorial Trophy – Champion Pinot Noir
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 12 Lone Gum Pinot Noir 2010 (Growers Chris and Judi Simmonds)

TROPHY New Zealand Wine Cellars Spence Brothers Trophy – Champion Sauvignon Blanc
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 19 Bird Block Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (Growers Bob and Gill Bird)

TROPHY Champion Dessert Wine
Saint Clair Awatere Valley Reserve Noble Riesling 2009 (Growers Simon and Vanessa Barker)

Other gold medal winning wines from Saint Clair:

GOLD Saint Clair Godfrey’s Creek Reserve Gewurztraminer 2009 (Growers John and Lynne Walsh)
GOLD Saint Clair Omaka Reserve Chardonnay 2010 (Growers Neal and Judy Ibbotson)
GOLD Saint Clair Pioneer Block 15 Strip Block Pinot Noir 2010 (Growers Neal and Judy Ibbotson)

Romeo Bragato (1895-1912) is of significant influence to the New Zealand wine industry as he was dedicated to viticulture expertise with a strong focus on quality in the vineyard. Saint Clair Family Estate fits comfortably within his vision, as much of its success has been through the identification of regional differences throughout Marlborough. Open-minded viticulture practises, a talented New Zealand winemaking team and the incredible quality focus has assisted Saint Clair Family Estate in becoming a leading New Zealand wine producer.

Neal Ibbotson, Managing Director, says “Romeo Bragato was spot on and way before his time when he said “good wines are grown in the vineyard”. With 250 small tanks in the winery, Saint Clair is able to keep each vineyard batch separate through the fermentation process. Evaluating each blend for quality has provided enormous vineyard knowledge and has resulted in being able to produce the best possible fruit from the best possible sites. It is especially rewarding to receive the Richard Smart and Mike Wolter Memorial Trophies and see Marlborough being recognised as producing world class Pinot Noir.

The Bragato wine awards recognise viticulture excellence and Saint Clair Family Estate prides itself in achieving distinction in the vineyard. This quality is reflected in the assortment of medals and trophies awarded from not only this unique wine show but also many others around the globe.


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