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The 2010 Pinot Noirs were outstanding with Saint Clair leading the way with no less than 4 Top Tip Awards. .....All of the Saint Clair Top Tip winners came from their Pioneer Block range and we would suggest that you can't go wrong with any wine from this range but that our favourite was Block 16 Awatere Pinot Noir. Bravo

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Other Vintages: 2007 | 2006

Pioneer Block 8 Friar's Sauvignon Blanc 2007

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson



Grovetown area, north-east of Blenheim.


Soils: Deep fertile even, free-draining, sandy soils.

Topography: Flat, warm site.

Climate: Slightly warmer than the lower Wairau but slightly cooler than Rapaura.

Vine Age: Second cropping vines at low yields.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The sandy soils contribute to riper stone fruit characters in the wine. The wine is more like a Hawke’s Bay style - an interesting Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc at the ripe tropical end of the flavour spectrum.


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


Pale straw


Intensely lifted fresh stone fruit characters with uplifted passionfruit and gooseberry notes.


The palate has a powerful concentration of fresh peach and passionfruit with mineral notes that give the palate long lasting intensity.


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


Alcohol: 12.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 7.4 g/litre, Residual Sugar: 3.0g/litre, pH: 3.33.

Food Match:

An ideal match with lightly spiced Thai cuisine or grilled Marlborough Salmon with char-grilled vegetables.