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Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc 2011

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark


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

Topography: Flat with rows unusually 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-south west. This is a cooler site and slower to ripen. The distinguishing flavours are crushed herbs (more like coastal Awatere) and an absence of sweaty characteristics.


The fruit was sourced from the fertile, free-draining soils of the lower Wairau Valley. Careful monitoring during ripening and harvesting in the cool of the evening ensured fruit of 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


Crushed herb, blackcurrant bud, passionfruit and gooseberry.


This Sauvignon Blanc is distinctively Marlborough with a fresh vibrant palate of passionfruit, gooseberry and crushed herb. Wonderfully full and rich with striking minerality leading to a long, lasting finish.


Drinking beautifully now and best enjoyed over the next two years.


Alcohol: 13.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 7.2g/litre, Residual Sugar: 2.6g/litre, pH: 3.35.

Food Match:

A stunning marriage with vegetarian cuisine, particularly any dish with fresh asparagus. Also well matched with fresh seafood or poultry.



  • Pure Silver, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011
  • Silver, Marlborough Wine Show 2011 - NZ
  • 92 points, Wine Enthusiast USA Editors' Choice
  • 90 points, Wine and Spirits Magazine USA