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Pioneer Block 24 Arthur Sauvignon Blanc 2013

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark


Pioneer Block Arthur gets its name from its vineyard owners Ken and Gaynor Arthur.


Central Wairau Valley.


Soils: Very even soils that are moderately fertile with a free-draining stony subsoil.

Topography: Flat. Approximately ten metres above sea level.

Climate: Maritime.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

Situated in the western boundary of the township of Blenheim on soils a little less fertile that that of the Lower Wairau region, this particular vineyard has been on the cusp of attaining Pioneer Block status more than once. Ken Arthurs quest to keep improving his understanding of his site has seen him finally crack into the Pioneer Block range, achieved by improving the canopy health and eliminating any stresses the vines may encounter. This has produced a very classic and concentrated style of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.


The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard just west of the township of Blenheim on the moderately fertile, free-draining soils of the central Wairau Valley. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool of the evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.


Harvested and transported to the winery with haste the juice was pressed out immediately to minimise skin contact and oxidative damage. After settling the resultant clear juice was fermented using a carefully selected yeast strain 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 focus of fruit and intensity of flavour.


Pale straw with a slight green hue.


An elegant nose of fresh tomato leaf and sugar snap pea with mandarin and rockmelon.


The palate is focussed with green capsicum, melon and citrus that lead to a long mineral finish.


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


Alcohol: 13.0% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 7.1g/litre, Residual Sugar: 2.5g/L, pH: 3.31.

Food Match:

A perfect accompaniment to an antipasto platter, especially one loaded with seafood.


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