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2006 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 6 Oh! Block Sauvignon Blanc 2006

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson

BLOCK:

A powerful Sauvignon Blanc with intense flavours of passion fruit, gooseberry and white currants.

Terroir:

Viticulture:

The fruit for this wine was sourced from two specifically chosen vineyards along O’Dwyers Road, north of Blenheim. Both batches of fruit were carefully monitored during ripening and machine harvested at a time when it they had reached maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.

Winemaking:

Directly after harvesting the grapes were transported to the winery with haste and pressed off immediately to minimize skin contact and juice deterioration. After settling, the juice from each batch was fermented using a variety of selected yeast in 100% stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour. The batches were chosen to make up this Pioneer Block due to their individual power and intensity of flavour that combine to make a truly special wine. After ferment the wine was stabilsed and carefully prepared for bottling.

Colour:

Pale Straw

Aroma:

Intensely lifted and complex notes of white currant and nettles, mingled with the classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc spectrum of pungent gooseberry and passion fruit.

Palate:

This powerful Sauvignon Blanc has intense concentration and complexity. The passion fruit and white currant notes mingle with a mineral and nettley intensity that gives the palate a concentration that lasts and lasts

Cellaring:

This wine is drinking beautifully now, and will be best enjoyed over the next one to two years.

Analysis:

Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 7.7g/litre, Residual Sugar: 3.86g/litre, pH: 3.50.

Food Match:

This wine is an ideal match with fresh seafood, poultry dishes or vegetarian cuisine.

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Awards

  • Trophy Best Wine in the Show, International Aromatic Wine Competition 2006
  • Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand International Wine Competition 2006
  • Gold, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2007
  • Gold, International Aromatic Wine Competition 2006
  • Gold, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006 "Intense passion fruit, gooseberry and sweet herbs with an excellent depth of flavour and structure."
  • Gold, New Zealand International Wine Show 2006
  • Trophy Best Sauvignon Blanc, International Aromatic Wine Competiton 2006