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“This recent success clearly recognises the ability of Saint Clair’s winemaking team, led my Mat Thomson and Hamish Clark, to produce quality wines of world-class excellence – a remarkable achievement for the family-owned Marlborough winery.”
Pioneer Block 8 Friar's Sauvignon Blanc 2007
WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson
Region: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.
Viticulture: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.
Aroma:Intensely lifted fresh stone fruit characters with uplifted passionfruit and gooseberry notes.
Palate:The palate has a powerful concentration of fresh peach and passionfruit with mineral notes that give the palate long lasting intensity.
Cellaring: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.