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Seriously good and honest tasty food,house made focaccia with sea salt and pâté, followed by Tuscan tart for main course and a glass of beautiful Saint Clair Reserve Chardonnay a perfect match! If you are in Blenheim this is a must visit place! Well done to Hailey and her team! Cheers
Roy Assadi, Restaurant Manager/Head Sommelier Trip Advisor

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Other Vintages: 2007 | 2006
2007 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 8 Friar's Sauvignon Blanc 2007

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson

BLOCK: 8

Region:

Grovetown area, north-east of Blenheim.

Terroir:

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.

Colour:

Pale straw

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.

Analysis:

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.

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