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2010 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 21 Bell Block Sauvignon Blanc 2010

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson

BLOCK: 21

A wonderful focused Sauvignon Blanc with powerful and intense herbaceous characters.

Region:

This vineyard is located east of the Blenheim township, close to the ocean, in the heart of the Marlborough Valley.

Terroir:

Soils: Deep, fertile, free-draining soils.

Topography: Flat.

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

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The healthy canopy of these incredibly young vines has resulted in intense herbaceous characters. These factors combined with the free draining, fertile, alluvial soils contribute to the blackcurrant and gooseberry characters and ultimately the intensity of flavour.

Viticulture:

The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard owned by Peter and Kath Campbell 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.

Colour:

Pale straw

Aroma:

Powerful and intense aromas of sliced green capsicum and gooseberry with hints of blackcurrant and passionfruit.

Palate:

This is an intense and focussed Sauvignon Blanc with powerful herbaceous characters. The palate is intensely concentrated and refreshing with a long, lingering finish.

Cellaring:

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

Analysis:

Alcohol: 13.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 7.9g/litre, Residual Sugar: 3.4g/litre,

Food Match:

Enjoy with any fresh seafood dish such as ocean fresh fish or pan seared scallops drizzled with lemon and thyme.

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Awards

  • Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand International Wine Show 2010
  • Top 100 and Blue Gold, Sydney International Wine Competition 2011
  • Gold, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2011 (NZ)
  • Gold, NZ International Wine Show 2010
  • Gold, West Point Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2010
  • Pure Silver, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010
  • Silver, International Wine Challenge 2011
  • 90 points, Wine Spectator Magazine USA June 2011