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2007 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 4 Sawcut Pinot Noir 2007

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson

BLOCK: 4

The Sawcut vineyard is named after the Sawcut Gorge, about 8km up the Ure Valley.

Region:

The Ure Valley is about 40 km south of Blenheim. This area has a unique microclimate with a narrow valley floor protected by hills on the three sides with very close proximity to the coast.

Terroir:

Soils: Free-draining river valley alluvial soils, this valley is notes for it's very high limestone content.

Topography: Flat, on a plateau within the narrow valley.

Climate: This is quite a warm site, despite being significantly south. It has a similar number of growing degree days to Blenheim.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The high pH soil and limestone soil impacts significantly on the flavour of this wine and esnures it has good palate weight and fruit intensity.

Viticulture:

The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard on the free draining river valley soils of the Ure Valley. The grapes used to make this wine are from the Dijon clones 667 and 777.

Colour:

Bright ruby red

Aroma:

Lifted aromas of dark cherry, plums, cloves and spicy oak, it also contains a subtle hint of the limestone soils in its chalky, mineral character.

Palate:

With flavours of dark cherry, plums, cloves and spicy oak, it also contains a subtle hint of the limestone soils in its chalky, mineral character.

Cellaring:

Enjoy now or cellar over the next two to three years.

Analysis:

Alcohol: 13.5%, Titratable Acidity: 6.0g/litre, pH: 3.64.

Food Match:

This outstanding Pioneer Block Pinot Noir makes a perfect match with barbecued beef or lamb.

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