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"The ‘Pioneer Block' range arguably takes Saint Clair to greater detail and depth than any other producer with wines that express terroir."
Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc 2009
WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson
Region:Previously part of Wairau Flood Plain (which built up the deep free-draining soils).This is the vineyard where Saint Clair discovered the fruit to make the now world famous Wairau Reserve.
Soils: Deep fertile, free-draining soils.
Climate: Slightly cooler than most of the Marlborough Valley with a slower longer ripening period.
Vine Age: Older vines – 11 years.
Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours: The free-draining alluvial soils of this vineyard have been built up over time by flooding. The vineyard is now protected by a stopbank. These free-draining fertile soils produce the intensity of flavour in the wine. The unique flavours are the combination of powerful passionfruit and honeysuckle.
Viticulture: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.
Winemaking: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.
Aroma:Powerful and intense aromas of passionfruit, blackcurrant, hints of grapefruit and an underlying mineral note.
Palate:This is an intense Sauvignon Blanc with a powerful passionfruit and blackcurrant spectrum and an underlying mineral tone. The palate is intensely concentrated and full with a long, lingering finish.
Cellaring:This wine is drinking beautifully now and may also be enjoyed over the next one to two years.
Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 7.9g/litre, Residual Sugar: 4.5g/litre, pH: 3.4.
Food Match:An ideal match with fresh Marlborough salmon or scallops with summer salad.
- Trophy, New Zealand International Wine Show 2009
- Gold, NZ International Wine Show 2009
- 4 ½ Stars, Winestate Magazine Special Edition 2009
- 90 points, Wine Spectator 2010