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Pioneer Block 2 Swamp Block Sauvignon Blanc 2014

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark


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


Lower Wairau flood plain.


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.


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 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.


Pale straw with a slight green hue.


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


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


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


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.



  • Gold, TEXSOM International Wine Awards 2015