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Pioneer Block 20 Cash Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark


Cash Block gets its name from its vineyard owners, the Register family.


Previously part of Wairau Flood Plain (which built up the deep free-draining soils). This is on the northern side of the Roses Overflow – a waterway that separates this vineyard from Pioneer Block 1.


Soils: Deep fertile, free-draining soils.

Topography: Flat

Climate: Slightly cooler than most of the Marlborough Valley with a slower longer ripening period.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The free-draining fertile soils help to produce the intensity of flavour in the wine. The flavours are typical of this region, but the wine remains unique with good intensity and suppleness of flavour. This vineyard has an extremely healthy canopy with good leaf cover, and the vineyard rows being slightly off North/South all lend a hand in creating this wine.


The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard owned by the Register family 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 power and intensity of flavour.


Pale straw


Intense aromas of freshly crushed herbs, melon & capsicum with lifted mineral notes.


This is an intense and focussed Sauvignon Blanc with a riper spectrum than in previous years. Freshly cut capsicum is present with crushed herbs and passionfruit, tied in with an underlying mineral tone. The palate is nicely concentrated and refreshing with a long, lingering finish.


This wine is drinking beautifully now and may also be enjoyed over the next two years.


Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 8.1g/litre, Residual Sugar: 3.7g/L, pH: 3.49.

Food Match:

An ideal match with Marlborough mussels, smoked chicken, fresh pasta or summer salads.



  • Gold, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2013
  • Pure Gold, Bragato Wine Awards 2013