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2014 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 2 Swamp Block Sauvignon Blanc 2014

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark

BLOCK: 2

This vineyard site was originally a low lying, poorly drained, swampy area, hence the name ‘Swamp Block’.

Region:

Lower Wairau flood plain.

Terroir:

Soils: Low lying deep, fertile, free-draining soils adjoining 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 soil lends a hint of salt on the palate.

Viticulture:

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.

Winemaking:

The juice was pressed off immediately to minimize skin contact and juice deterioration following harvesting. After settling, the juice was fermented using a carefully selected yeast in a stainless steel tank 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 rich texture on the palate.

Colour:

Pale straw with a slight green hue.

Aroma:

Heady aromas of passion fruit and blackcurrant leaf with a hint of struck match flint.

Palate:

Flavourful and rich with sweet navel orange, white currant and passion fruit.

Cellaring:

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

Analysis:

Alcohol: 13.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 7.0g/litre, Residual Sugar: 3.0g/L, pH: 3.20.

Food Match:

Match with fresh seafood or a vegetable salad.

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Awards

  • Gold, TEXSOM International Wine Awards 2015