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Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc 2007

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson


This wine is made from fruit harvested from a site that is planted with vineyard rows running in an unusual angle of 43 degrees North East to South West. This results in more shade to the southerly aspect of each row thereby producing a slightly more herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc than other sites in Marlborough.


Marlborough’s Lower Wairau area, east of Blenheim.


Soils: Even, fertile, deep free draining silt loams.

Topography: Flat, with rows unusually running North East to South West.

Climate: Slightly cooler than most of the Marlborough Valley with a slower longer ripening period.

Vine Age: Third cropping for these grapes.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

Rows are planted East-West. This is a cooler site and slower to ripen. The distinguishing flavours of the wine are crushed herbs (more like coastal Awatere) and an absence of sweaty characteristics.


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.


Pale straw


Powerful and intense aromas of crushed herb, blackcurrant bud, passionfruit and gooseberry.


This wine has a fresh vibrant palate of passionfruit, gooseberry and crushed herb with a rich full palate,
striking minerality and a lingering finish. It is the
crushed herb flavours that is a point of difference
for this wine.


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


Alcohol: 13.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 8.3 g/litre, Residual Sugar: 1.5g/litre, pH: 3.44.

Food Match:

An ideal match with vegetarian cuisine or fresh seafood with summer salads.



  • Trophy Best Wine in the Show, International Aromatic Wine Competition 2007
  • Gold, Taste NZ Magazine, Bob Campbell MW, December 2007 93 points
  • Gold, Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2007
  • Gold, Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Competition 2007 Top 100 Wine
  • Gold, International Aromatic Wine Competition 2007
  • Trophy Best Sauvignon Blanc, International Aromatic Wine Competition 2007
  • Gold, The New Zealand International Wine Show 2007