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Pioneer Block 2 Swamp Block Sauvignon Blanc 2010

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson


This site for Pioneer Block 2 Swamp Block Sauvignon Blanc was originally a low lying, poorly drained, swampy area.


Lower Wairau flood plain.


Soils: Low lying deep fertile free-draining soils bordering on salty coastal soils.

Topography: Low lying, flat with the lower Wairau drainage ditch to the south.

Climate: Proximity to the coast means a cooler climate compared to the rest of the lower Wairau Plain.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The coastal location and the cooler climate ensure a longer growing season providing intensity of flavors to the wine. Proximity to coastal salty soils lends a hint of salt on the palate.


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.


After harvesting the juice was pressed off immediately to minimise skin contact and juice deterioration. Once the settling process completed, 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 intensity of flavour and oily texture on the palate.


Pale straw


Intensely lifted notes of blackcurrant and nettles. Pungent tropical aromas of passionfruit and guava.


This is an intense Sauvignon Blanc with an incredible concentration of flavours and palate weight. Passionfruit, grapefruit and citrus flavours dominate the palate with an underlying mineral and nettle note and a rich round finish.


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


Alcohol: 13.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 7.6g/litre, Residual Sugar: 3.8g/litre, pH: 3.32.

Food Match:

An ideal match with pan-fried scallops and fresh asparagus.



  • Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc, Port of Wines Festival, Canada, 2011
  • Gold, Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2011
  • Gold, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2011 (NZ)
  • Gold, Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2010
  • Gold, New Zealand International Aromatic Wine Competition 2010
  • Silver, San Francisco International Wine Competition 2011
  • Silver, Concours Mondial du Sauvignon Brussels 2011
  • 91 points, Wine Spectator Magazine USA June 2011