The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

St Clair named New World Producer of the Year

The St Clair family

Saint Clair Family Estate has been named ‘New World Producer of the Year’ at the UK’s Sommelier Wine Awards 2017 – the second time the winery has been awarded the prestigious trophy.

Adding to their big win, Saint Clair was also awarded a Medal for all seven wines they entered – five Golds and two Silvers.

The Saint Clair Omaka Reserve Chardonnay 2015 was also awarded the Critics’ Choice Trophy.

This unique wine competition focuses entirely on wines aimed at the on-trade. Judged by a panel of leading sommeliers and on-trade drinks buyers, the competition rewards the best wines available to restaurants, bars and hotels in the UK and beyond. All the wines are blind-tasted by category, using criteria such as food-friendliness, versatility, typicity, personality and importantly value for money.

Neal and Judy Ibbotson, owners of Saint Clair, say they are thrilled with this recent recognition. “The outstanding results are attributed to our open-minded viticulture and unique wine quality assessment system, which has identified superior sub-regions of Marlborough,” they say. “This, combined with a strong team approach focused on quality, has led Saint Clair Family Estate to being one of New Zealand’s most awarded wineries”.

The family owned Marlborough winery has developed a strong reputation as a leading international wine producer.