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Pioneer Block 6 Oh! Block Sauvignon Blanc 2011

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark


Named after O’Dwyers Road location, Oh! Block also includes a light-hearted play on initial reactions of wine drinkers to this flavour filled wine.


O’Dwyers Road, lower Rapaura (north of Blenheim)


Soils: Free-draining, deep alluvial, silt soils (versus stones on the upper Rapaura).

Topography: Flat

Climate: Cool days warm nights, typical of the Marlborough area.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The soils in this vineyard differ markedly from the upper Rapaura stony banded soils. These silt soils are much more fertile. Passionfruit and grapefruit characters dominate the palate.


The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard on O’Dwyers Road in the lower Rapaura area north of Blenheim. This site has fertile, deep silt soils. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.


The juice was pressed off immediately to minimise skin contact and juice deterioration following harvesting. After settling, 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 power and intensity of flavour.


Intensely concentrated aromas of grapefruit,boxwood, blackcurrant and passionfruit.


Incredibly pungent with powerful passionfruit, grapefruit and blackcurrant and an underlying mineral note. The palate is intensely concentrated and full with a long, lingering finish.


Drinking beautifully now and may also be enjoyed over the next one to two years.


Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 7.6g/litre, Residual Sugar: 2.5g/litre, pH: 3.46.

Food Match:

Ideal match with oysters, scallops, salmon or pan-fried white fish.


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