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2012 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 2 Swamp Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark

BLOCK: 2

The site for Pioneer Block 2 Swamp Block Sauvignon Blanc was originally a low lying, poorly drained, swampy area.

Region:

Lower Wairau Flood Plain.

Terroir:

Soils: Low lying deep fertile free-draining soils bordering on salty coastal soils.

Topography: Low lying, flat with the lower Wairau to the south.

Climate: Proximity to the coast leads to a cooler climate compared to the rest of the lower Wairau Plain.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The coastal location and the cooler climate mean that there is a longer growing season providing intensity of flavors to the wine. Proximity to coastal salty soils lends a hint of salt on the palate.

Viticulture:

The fruit was sourced from a single 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.

Winemaking:

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 intensity of flavour and oily texture on the palate.

Colour:

Pale straw

Aroma:

Intensely lifted notes of capsicum and nettles. Subtle aromas of sweet snow peas and passionfruit.

Palate:

This is an intense Sauvignon Blanc with concentrated flavours and palate weight. Grapefruit, capsicum, snow pea complemented by subtle tropical and nettle notes to finish. This wine has a full rich and persistent finish.

Cellaring:

This wine is drinking beautifully now and will best be enjoyed over the next two years.

Analysis:

Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 7.8g/litre, Residual Sugar: 3.6g/L, pH: 3.48.

Food Match:

An ideal match with pan-fried scallops and fresh salads.

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Awards

  • Gold, AWC Vienna 2013
  • Gold, International Aromatic Wine Competition 2012