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Pioneer Block 4 Sawcut Chardonnay 2005

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson


This is a medium-bodied Chardonnay with complex stonefruit flavours, a touch of spice supported by oak notes. The name Sawcut derives from the Sawcut Chasm, about 8 km up the Ure Valley.



This wine is made from Clone 95 Chardonnay, a clone that originates in Burgundy. The Chardonnay grapes for Pioneer Block 4 were sourced from the Ure Valley, a new grape-growing area situated 40km south of Blenheim. This area has a unique microclimate and is ideally situated to the production of top quality wine. The fruit for this wine was specially selected from a single vineyard and hand-picked when it had reached full physiological ripeness and maximum flavour maturity.


At the winery the fruit was whole bunch pressed to ensure the best fruit flavours were preserved. After settling, the juice was inoculated with selected yeast strains. The wine was 100 per cent barrel fermented in a mixture of new American oak, and older barrels. The wine then went through malolactic fermentation, followed by 10 months ageing on yeast lees with regular stirring. The wine was then carefully blended, stabilised with no finings and prepared for bottling.


Light straw.


An intense, deliciously complex nose displaying aromas of ripe peaches, melon and fig with subtle nut and spicy notes.


A medium-bodied Burgundian style Chardonnay with complex stonefruit flavours and a touch of spice supported by underlying vanillin, oak notes. The palate is elegant with firm acidity that leads to a warm lingering finish.


Ready to drink now, this wine will develop gracefully in the bottle, and careful cellaring, will be rewarded for up to five years.


Alcohol: 14%, Titratable Acidity: 6.9g/litre, Residual Sugar: 3.6g/litre, pH: 3.55.

Food Match:

This wine is an ideal food wine and can be matched to roast poultry, seafood with rich creamy sauces or light cocnut cream dishes with nutty flavoured sauces.



  • Gold, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2007
  • Gold, NZ International Wine Show 2006
  • Gold, Bragato Wine Awards 2006