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Pioneer Block 4 Sawcut Pinot Noir 2005

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson


This is a luscious, medium-bodied Pinot Noir which is dominated by dark cherry and plums and supported by hints of rich savoury notes. The name Sawcut derives from the Sawcut Chasm, about 8 km up the Ure Valley.



The fruit for ‘Pioneer Block 4’ Pinot Noir was sourced from a new grape-growing area in the Ure Valley, about 40 km south of Blenheim. This area has a unique microclimate and is ideally suited to the production of top quality wine. The fruit for this wine was selected from a single vineyard and was harvested at optimum ripeness in the cool of the evening.


At the winery, each batch of fruit was held cold for four to five days prior to ferment to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. Cultured yeasts were used to ferment the wine, and during ferment, the must was hand plunged up to six times daily. Once dry, each batch was pressed to tank and then racked off gross lees to a mix of new and used French oak. The wine then underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for nine months in barrel before being blended, lightly egg-white fined and prepared for bottling.


Bright ruby red


An intense, deliciously complex nose. Lifted notes of violets and plums are complemented by subtle savoury notes.


A luscious medium-bodied Pinot Noir with a round soft full palate, well-balanced with acidity and abundant ripe tannins. Dark cherry and plums dominate the palate, supported by hints of rich savory notes.


Drinking well now, this wine will reward careful cellaring for up to five years.


Alcohol: 13.5%, Titratable Acidity: 6.5 g/litre, pH: 3.63.

Food Match:

An ideal match with roast poultry, fuller flavoured fish or with New Zealand lamb.