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Saint Clair Pioneer Block 20 Cash Block Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Cash Block has its name derived from its vineyard owners, Hayden and Kerry Register.

The lower Wairau Valley which was previously part of the Wairau flood plain.

Soils: Deep, fertile, free-draining soils.

Topography: Flat.

Climate: Maritime. Slightly cooler than most of the Marlborough Valley, with a slower longer ripening period.

Regional characteristics and contribution to uniqueness of flavours:
The free-draining fertile soils help to produce the intensity of flavour in the wine. The vineyard has an extremely healthy canopy with good leaf cover. The vine health along with the vineyard rows being slightly off the usual north- south orientation contribute to the characteristic flavours of this wine.

The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard owned by the Register family 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 carefully selected yeast in stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavor and freshness. This batch was selected as a Pioneer Block wine due to its power and intensity of flavor and its fullness and balance.

Colour: Pale straw.

Aroma: Vibrant green capsicum, kaffir lime leaf and a herbal lift reminiscent of rosemary.

Palate: Rich and full with ripe passionfruit and lime. The fresh citrus flavours combine with green herbal notes giving this wine amazing length.

Ageing: A wine best enjoyed in its youth, within two to three years from vintage date.

Wine analysis:
Alcohol 13% v/v, Residual sugar 3.7g/L, Acidity 7.8g/litre, pH 3.39

Food match:
A perfect match with pan-fried scallops.

Vegan & Vegetarian friendly

SILVER Medal - Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2018

4 STARS - Bob Campbell 2017