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Pioneer Block 11 Cell Block Chardonnay 2016

WINEMAKER: Stewart Maclennan and Hamish Clark


Cell Block is owned by one of Saint Clair’s growers, Colin MacKay, an ex-detective in the New Zealand Police Force.


Lower Wairau Valley


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 wine’s elegance. The soil from the lower Wairau Valley is very nutrient rich, which is reflected in the mineral character of the wine.


Clone 15 grapes were sourced from a vineyard in the lower Wairau area. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and machine harvested at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness


The fruit was lightly pressed, eliminating any skin phenolics. After settling, the juice was inoculated with a selected yeast strain and fermentation was carried out in 100 per cent new French oak barriques. The wine then went through malolactic fermentation, followed by ten months ageing on yeast lees with regular stirring. Once completed the best barrels were selected for this blend and it was lightly fined, stabilised and prepared for bottling.


Pale gold


Ripe nectarine, sweet baking spices and vanilla pod.


Complex and full bodied with rich flavours of peach, cinnamon and toasty oak.


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


Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 5.6g/litre, Residual Sugar: 2.8g/L, pH: 3.34.

Food Match:

Smoked chicken salad.