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Pioneer Block 2 Swamp Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark


This 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. Approximately three metres above sea level.

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 flavour 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 carefully 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 with a slight green hue.


Lovely refreshing green capsicum and ripe gooseberry aromas, with a herbal thread.


The green pepper continues to the palate, complemented with grapefruit and tropical fruits with an underlying minerality.


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


Alcohol: 13.5%, Titratable Acidity: 7.4g/litre, Residual Sugar: 2.7g/L, pH: 3.41.

Food Match:

Match with grilled vegetables, fresh salads, or pan fried fish.



  • Gold, Six Nations Wine Challenge 2014
  • Gold, Easter Show Wine Awards 2014
  • Gold, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013 Pure-gold
  • Gold, NZ International Wine Show 2013