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Pioneer Block 17 Bay Block Syrah 2010

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson


Saint Clair identified a small parcel of Syrah from a vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels in Hawke’s Bay. Wines from this region are named ‘Bay Block’ within the Pioneer Block range.


Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay.


Soils: Vigour moderating soils comprising 10-20cm of fine sandy loam overlying deep stony gravel.

Topography: Flat, even land.

Climate: Warm, sheltered site.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

Hawke’s Bay produces full-bodied yet elegant and intensely varietal Syrah wines due to a combination of climate and soils. This vineyard site has ideal ripening conditions for achieving the full spectrum of Syrah flavours. Free draining soils control the naturally vigorous Syrah vine resulting in lifted violet and floral aromas.


This outstanding fruit was sourced from a single vineyard within the Gimblett Gravels area of Hawkes bay. The vigour moderating, free draining gravel provides a superb base for this low cropping syrah. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.


At the winery the fruit was held cold for four days prior to ferment to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. Special selected yeast was used to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to six times daily. At dryness the young wine was pressed and then racked off gross lees to a stainless steel tank. The wine was then dropped into a mixture of 50 per cent new, and seasoned French oak for ten months where it underwent malolactic fermentation. It was then blended and carefully prepared for bottling.


Dense ruby.


Aromatic with ripe red fruits, white pepper and a touch of spicy oak.


Ripe rich aromatic plums and darker fruits are dominant with well balanced acidity. A silky midpalate structure opens to pleasing spice and toasty oak finish.


Perfect for drinking immediately this wine will continue to develop and delight for at least five years from vintage date.


Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 5.9 g/litre, pH: 3.61.

Food Match:

Best matched with richly-flavoured red meat dishes or wild duck.