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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.”
Tamara Rubanowski Editor FMCG, August 2011

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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.