Saint Clair Pioneer Block 21 Bell Block Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Named Bell Block after Peter and Kath Campbell, owners of the vineyard where the fruit was produced for this intense and focused wine.

The vineyard is located east of the Blenheim township, close to the sea, in the lower Wairau Valley.

Soils: Deep fertile, free draining soils.

Topography: Flat.

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

Regional characteristics and contribution to uniqueness of flavours:
The young age of these vines and extremely healthy canopy has resulted in the presence of intense herbaceous characters. This vineyard is situated on free-draining fertile alluvial soils which also contribute tropical and capsicum characters and high intensity of flavour.

The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard owned by Peter and Kath Campbell 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 optimum 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 variety of selected yeast in 100 percent 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.

Colour: Pale straw.

Powerful and intense aromas of ripe tropical fruits, grapefruit blossom and underlying green capsicum.

Intense and focused Sauvignon Blanc with powerful herbaceous characters. The palate is rich with flavours of passionfruit and grapefruit. Subtle hints of salt and chalky minerality add complexity to the palate creating a long, lingering finish.

Drinking beautifully now and may also be enjoyed over the next one to two years.

Wine analysis:
Alcohol 12% v/v, Residual sugar 3.1g/L, Acidity 7.4g/litre, pH 3.35

Food match:
Enjoy with fresh seafood, vegetarian cuisine or a seasonal salad.

Vegan and Vegetarian friendly.

GOLD Medal - Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2018

SILVER Medal - New Zealand Royal Easter Wine Show 2018

SILVER Medal - The Marlborough Wine Show 2017

SILVER Medal - Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2019