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2008 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 3 ‘43’ Degrees Sauvignon Blanc 2008

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson

BLOCK: 3

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

Region:

Marlborough’s Lower Wairau area, east of Blenheim.

Terroir:

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.

Viticulture:

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.

Colour:

Pale straw

Aroma:

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

Palate:

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.

Cellaring:

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

Analysis:

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.

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