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Pioneer Block 6 'Oh' Block Sauvignon Blanc 2008

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson


Officially named after O’Dwyers Road location, Oh! Block also includes a lighthearted play on initial reactions of wine drinkers to this flavour filled wine.


O’Dwyers Road, Lower Rapaura - north of Blenheim.


Soils: Free-draining, deep alluvial, silt soils (versus stones on the Upper Rapaura).

Topography: Flat.

Climate: Cool days warm nights, typical of the Marlborough Area.

Vine Age: Six growing seasons.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The soils in this vineyard differ markedly from the upper Rapaura stony banded soils. These silt soils are much more fertile. Passionfruit and grapefruit characters dominate the palate.


The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard on
O’Dwyers Road in the Lower Rapaura area north of Blenheim. This site has fertile, deep silt soils. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested at maximum flavour maturity and
physiological ripeness.


Pale straw


Intensely concentrated aromas of grapefruit, boxwood, blackcurrant and passionfruit.


This is an incredibly pungent Sauvignon Blanc with powerful passion fruit, grapefruit and blackcurrant and an underlying mineral note. The palate is intensely concentrated and full with a long, lingering finish.


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


Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 7.6g/litre, Residual Sugar: 3.3g/litre, pH: 3.44.

Food Match:

Ideal matched with oysters, scallops, salmon or pan-fried white fish.



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