Triple trophy win for Saint Clair
The Winestate official awards presentation was held in Queenstown on November 16 and family owned Marlborough winery, Saint Clair Family Estate, was awarded the New Zealand Winery of the Year trophy. The Winemaker of the Year trophy also went to Saint Clair’s head winemaker, Hamish Clark.
This is the fourth time that Saint Clair have been awarded the New Zealand Winery of the Year trophy with Winestate (2017, 2014, 2011, 2010) and the third year Clark has won Winemaker of the Year (2017, 2014, 2012). This continued consistent success for the company reflects the commitment to quality across all facets of their business.
Clark has been working with Saint Clair for over 15 years. He is senior winemaker and is an integral part of the Saint Clair’s success.
“We have a great team of people with an open-minded philosophy towards quality from the vineyards, to the wine, to the markets. I was honored to accept the awards on the behalf of the team," said Clark.
The Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Merlot 2016 was also judged as a Top 5 finalist in its category for these Winestate awards. Sourced from a single vineyard within the Gimblett Gravels winegrowing area of Hawke’s Bay this wine is rich, full bodied and concentrated.
Another trophy for Saint Clair, was announced earlier this week at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show for the Pioneer Block 5 Gruner Veltliner 2015 – Best New Zealand Wine of the Show.
"This trophy, which was awarded for the best of the wines that fall outside of the mainstream, further cements Saint Clair’s reputation as a leading New Zealand wine producer," said Saint Clair in a written statement.