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Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc 2010

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

Topography: Flat, with rows atypically running north-east to south-west at a 43 degree angle.

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

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 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.


The fruit was pressed off as quickly as possible to minimise skin contact and juice deterioration following harvesting. After settling the juice was fermented using 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 unique flavour, intensity and complexity.


Pale straw.


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


Distinctively Marlborough, a Sauvignon Blanc with a fresh vibrant palate of passionfruit and gooseberry along its distinguishing crushed herb characteristic. The wine has a wonderfully full and rich palate with striking minerality leading to a long, lasting finish.


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


Alcohol: 13.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 7.7g/litre, Residual Sugar: 3.8g/litre, pH: 3.42.

Food Match:

An ideal match with fresh seafood such as mussel fritters, scallops or pan-fried fish. It is also perfect with summer salads and smoked chicken.



  • Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc, Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2011
  • Pure Elite Gold, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010
  • Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand International Aromatic Wine Competition 2010
  • Gold, Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2011
  • Gold, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2011 (NZ)
  • Gold, New Zealand International Aromatic Wine Competition 2010
  • Silver, San Francisco International Wine Competition 2011
  • Silver, International Wine Challenge 2011
  • Silver, Concours Mondial du Sauvignon Brussels 2011