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Pioneer Block 18 Snap Block Sauvignon Blanc 2011

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark


The Saint Clair Pioneer Block 18 Snap Block vineyard was originally an apple orchard growing the variety Snap.


Lower Wairau, east of Blenheim township.


Soils: Deep, fertile, even, free-draining, soils.

Topography: Even, flat site.

Climate: Cooler area, with a longer ripening season.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

This vineyard was originally an apple orchard growing the variety Snap. The very fertile and free draining soils of this site produce extremely healthy vines. This site produces intense blackcurrant and grapefruit flavours.


The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard on the fertile, free-draining soils of Marlborough’s lower Wairau area. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool of the evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripenes.


Directly after harvesting the fruit was transported to the winery and pressed off immediately to minimise skin contact and juice deterioration. After settling, the juice from each batch was fermented using a variety of selected yeast in 100 per cent stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and freshness. After ferment the wine was stabilised and prepared for bottling. This batch was selected as a Pioneer Block wine due to its power and intensity of flavour.


Pale straw with a slight green hue.


Passionfruit, grapefruit and lifted notes of blackcurrant.


Fresh passionfruit and blackcurrant, with a salty minerality that leads to a lingering finish.


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


Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 7.7g/litre, Residual Sugar: 2.9g/litre, pH: 3.34.

Food Match:

An ideal match with vegetarian cuisine, fresh seafood or poultry.



  • Gold, Decanter World Wine Awards 2012
  • Gold, Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2012, Brussels
  • Gold, Decanter World Wine Awards 2012
  • Gold, The New Zealand International Wine Show 2011
  • Pure Silver, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011
  • Double Gold, San Francisco International Wine Competition 2012
  • Silver, Sommelier Wine Awards, UK 2012
  • 5 Stars, Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Top Tip
  • 91 points, Wine Spectator Online
  • 90 points, Wine Enthusiast USA
  • 90 points, Wine Advocate Online Edition October 2011 - Issue 197