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Pioneer Block 2 Swamp Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark


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


Lower Wairau Flood Plain.


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.


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.


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.


Pale straw


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


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.


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


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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