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"Clair Family Estate now sits alongside Villa Maria as one of New Zealand’s most awarded wineries. And it’s nice to know it’s still New Zealand family-owned."
Pioneer Block 4 Sawcut Sauvignon Blanc 2007
WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson
Region:Ure Valley, 40 km south of Blenheim.
Soils: Very high pH and limestone soils.
Climate: The valley has a unique microclimate and is very warm with the number of degree growing days equivalent to if not higher than Blenheim in most years.
Vine Age: Six growing seasons.
Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours: The limestone soils provide distinct Sauvignon Blanc flavours of chalk-like mineral intensity.
Viticulture:The fruit for this batch was sourced from the Ure Valley, famous for the Ure River Chasm, 40 kilometres south of Blenheim. The block was machine harvested at a point when it had reached full physiological ripeness and maximum flavour maturity.
Colour:Pale straw with green hues.
Aroma:Powerful aromas of passion fruit and grapefruit and peach combined with an underlying mineral chalk and crushed herb note.
Palate:This wine has a crisp, elegant and refreshing palate with strong flavors of passionfruit and the cleansing acidity of grapefruit. The palate is intensely concentrated with a mouth-filling and well-balanced palate and a lingering finish.
Cellaring: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: 7.9g/litre, Residual Sugar: 2.95g/litre, pH: 3.49.
Food Match:A perfect match with seafood such oysters, prawns or scallops. Also ideal with vegetarian cuisine, especially those dishes with feta cheese.