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Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc 2008

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson


This vineyard has proved to be the building block for some of Saint Clair’s finest wines. This is the vineyard where the winery discovered the fruit to make their flagship Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.


Previously part of Wairau Flood Plain which built up the deep free-draining soils.


Soils: Deep fertile, free-draining soils.

Topography: Flat.

Climate: Slightly cooler than most of the Marlborough Valley with a slower longer ripening period.

Vine Age: Older vines – 10 years.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The free-draining alluvial soils of this vineyard have been built up over time by flooding. These free-draining fertile soils produce the intensity of flavour in the wine. The unique flavours are the combination of powerful passion fruit and honeysuckle.


The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard owned by the Sowman family on the fertile, free-draining soils of the lower Wairau Valley. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool of the evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.


The juice was pressed off immediately to minimise skin contact and juice deterioration following harvesting. After settling, the juice was fermented using a variety of selected yeast in 100 per cent stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and freshness. This batch was selected as a Pioneer Block wine due to its power and intensity of flavour.


Pale straw


Powerful and intense aromas of passion fruit, blackcurrant, hints of grapefruit and an underlying mineral note.


This is an intensely concentrated with fresh passionfruit and blackcurrant, with a salty minerality that leads to a 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: 7.7g/litre, Residual Sugar: 3.3g/litre, pH: 3.39.

Food Match:

An ideal match with smoked salmon or greenlipped mussels and fresh salad.