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Pioneer Block 11 Cell Block Chardonnay 2013

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark


Cell Block is named after one of Saint Clair’s growers, Colin MacKay, an ex detective in the New Zealand Police.


Soils: Even, fertile, deep, free-draining silt loams on sand.

Topography: Flat, even land.

Climate: Slightly cooler than further up the Wairau Valley with a long, slow ripening period.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

This is a slightly cooler area, which contributes to the wines elegance. The soil from the lower Wairau Valley has many available minerals reflected in the ‘salty’ character.


The fruit was sourced from two adjoining blocks within the lower Wairau area. The grapes are a blend of clone 15 and 95. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and machine harvested in two batches at their respective maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.


At the winery the two batches of fruit were pressed as soon as possible to ensure the best fruit flavours were preserved. After settling, the juice was inoculated with selected yeast strains. 100 per cent barrel fermentation was carried out in new French oak. The wine then went through malolactic fermentation, followed by ten months ageing on yeast lees with regular stirring. Once completed the wine was carefully blended and prepared for bottling.


Pale gold


A bouquet of lifted tropical fruit, nashi pear and melon with nuances of oak spice.


Full bodied palate with fresh tropical fruit and a hint of toasty oak which finishes with great intensity.


Drinking well now and will continue to evolve and improve over the next five years.


Alcohol: 13.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 6.2g/litre, Residual Sugar: 4.2g/L, pH: 3.23.

Food Match:

An ideal match with seared scallops and avocado salad.



  • Top 100 and Blue Gold, Sydney International Wine Competition 2015
  • Gold, Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014
  • Gold, NZ International Wine Show 2014