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2007 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 2 Swamp Block Sauvignon Blanc 2007

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson

BLOCK: 2

Region:

Lower Wairau Flood Plain.

Terroir:

Soils: Low lying deep fertile free-draining soils

Topography: Low lying, flat with the lower Wairau drainage ditch to the south.

Climate: Proximity to the coast leads to a cooler climate compared to the rest of the lower Wairau Plain.

Vine Age: Third cropping.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The coastal location and the cooler climate mean that there is a longer growing season providing intensity of flavors to the wine. Proximity to coastal salty soils lends a hint of salt on the palate.

Viticulture:

The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard on the fertile, free-draining soils of the lower Wairau Valley. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool of the evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.

Winemaking:

The juice was pressed off immediately to minimise skin contact and juice deterioration following harvesting. After settling, the juice was fermented using a variety of selected yeast in 100 per cent stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and freshness. This batch was selected as a Pioneer Block wine due to its intensity of flavour and oily texture on the palate.

Colour:

Pale straw

Aroma:

Intensely lifted notes of blackcurrant and nettles. Pungent tropical aromas of passion fruit and guava.

Palate:

This is an intense wine with an incredible concentration of flavours. Passionfruit, grapefruit and citrus flavours dominate the palate with an underlying mineral and nettle notes and a lingering finish.

Cellaring:

This wine is drinking beautifully now and may also be enjoyed over the next one to two years.

Analysis:

Food Match:

An ideal match with pan-fried scallops accompanied by fresh asparagus.

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Awards

  • Gold, Taste NZ Magazine, Bob Campbell MW, December 2007 93 Points
  • Gold, Japan Wine Challenge 2008
  • Gold, Perth Royal Wine Show 2007
  • Gold, Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Competition 2007 Top 100 Wine
  • Gold, International Aromatic Wine Competition 2007
  • Gold, The New Zealand International Wine Show 2007
  • Gold, Bragato Wine Awards 2007
  • Blue Gold, Sydney International Wine Competition 2008