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Pioneer Block 18 Snap Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark


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


Lower Wairau, east of the Blenheim township.


Soils: Deep, fertile, even, and 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 Snap variety. The very fertile and free draining soils of this site produce extremely healthy vines. This vineyard produces fruit with 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 ripeness.


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, blackcurrant and grapefruit notes.


A rich rounded fresh passionfruit and blackcurrant palate, 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: 8.0g/litre, Residual Sugar: 4.0g/L, pH: 3.55.

Food Match:

An ideal match with fresh salads and seafood or grilled chicken and vegetables.



  • Trophy Champion Sauvignon Blanc, NZ International Wine Show 2012
  • Gold, Sommelier Wine Awards UK 2013
  • Gold, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2013
  • Gold, NZ International Wine Show 2012
  • Double Gold, Six Nations Wine Challenge 2013