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Pioneer Block 3 ‘43’ Degrees Sauvignon Blanc 2008

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson


The rows of vines in this vineyard are planted at an unusual angle of 43 degrees north-east to south-west.


Marlborough’s Lower Wairau area, east of Blenheim.


Soils: Even, fertile, deep free draining silt loams.

Topography: Flat, with rows unusually running north-east to south-west at a 45 degree angle.

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

Vine Age: Fourth year cropping.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

Rows are planted north-east to south-west. This is a cooler site and slower to ripen. The distinguishing flavours of the wine are crushed herbs (more like coastal Awatere) and an absence of sweaty characteristics.


The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard 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.


Pale straw


Powerful and intense aromas of crushed herb, blackcurrant bud, passionfruit and gooseberry.


This Sauvignon Blanc is distinctively Marlborough and has a fresh vibrant palate of passionfruit, gooseberry and crushed herb. The wine has a wonderfully full and rich palate with striking minerality leading to a long, lasting finish. It is the crushed herb flavours that is a point of difference for this wine.


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: 7.7g/litre, Residual Sugar: 4.2g/litre, pH: 3.44.

Food Match:

An ideal match with vegetarian cuisine or fresh seafood with summer salads.