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The single vineyard ‘Pioneer Block’ wines of Saint Clair require separate handling, the winery using 250 small tanks to manage this. The amount of detail for winemakers Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark and their team is considerable, but the result is a fascinating range of wines that express their origin and site. In essence Saint Clair is bottling ‘terroir’ for keen wine enthusiasts to ponder and enjoy. The quality per se of the ‘Pioneer Block’ wines has been extremely high as well, reflecting the identification of superior as well as individual vineyards by Saint Clair’s owner Neal Ibbotson.
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2013 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 18 Snap Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark

BLOCK: 18

This vineyard was originally an apple orchard growing the Snap variety.

Region:

Lower Wairau, east of the Blenheim township.

Terroir:

Soils: Deep, fertile, even and free-draining soils.

Topography: Even, flat site. Approximately three metres above sea level.

Climate: Maritime – proximity to the sea means this is a 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.

Viticulture:

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.

Winemaking:

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.

Colour:

Pale straw with a slight green hue.

Aroma:

A powerful bouquet of ripe grapefruit, passionfruit and blackcurrant.

Palate:

A lovely rich, mouth-watering salty palate with passionfruit, citrus and a hint of white currant which lingers on the senses.

Cellaring:

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

Analysis:

Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 7.5g/litre, Residual Sugar: 2.7g/L, pH: 3.40.

Food Match:

Perfect on its own or well matched with salmon, mussels, or fresh vegetable dishes.

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Awards

  • Gold, Easter Show Wine Awards 2014
  • Gold, Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2014
  • Gold, AWC Vienna
  • Gold, Vinandino Argentina 2013
  • Gold, NZ International Wine Show 2013
  • Double Gold, Six Nations Wine Challenge 2014