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Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc 2013

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark


This site has proved to be the building block for some of Saint Clair’s finest wines. This is the vineyard where Saint Clair Family Estate first discovered the fruit to make their flagship Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.


The site was previously part of the Wairau Flood Plain, which built up the deep free-draining soils.This is the vineyard where Saint Clair discovered the fruit to make the now world famous Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.


Soils: Deep fertile, free-draining soils.

Topography: Flat, approximately three metres above sea level.

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

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The highly fertile soils of this vineyard have been built up over time by annual flooding and help to produce the intensity of flavour in the wine. The vineyard is now protected by a stopbank. The unique flavours are the combination of powerful passionfruit and honeysuckle.


The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard owned by the Sowman 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 with a slight green hue.


Pungent tropical fruit aromas of cantaloupe melon, passionfruit and blackcurrant.


An intense palate of passionfruit and melon with a salty undertone. The slick texture continues with a long finish.


Drinking beautifully now and best enjoyed over the next two years.


Alcohol: 13% , Titratable Acidity: 7.8g/litre, Residual Sugar: 1.9g/L,

Food Match:

An ideal match for smoked salmon or steamed mussels.



  • Gold, Mundus Vini Springtime Tasting 2014
  • Gold, Sydney International Wine Competition 2014
  • Gold, NZ International Wine Show 2013
  • Double Gold, San Francisco International Wine Competition 2014