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Pioneer Block 2 Swamp Block Sauvignon Blanc 2007

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson



Lower Wairau Flood Plain.


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.


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.


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.


Pale straw


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


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.


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


Food Match:

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



  • 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