Saint Clair Pioneer Block 27 Buzz Block Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Named Buzz block by owners Jason and Jenny Neal, third generation farmers of this property which has homed bee hives for almost 100 years.

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

Terroir:
Soils:
Deep fertile, free draining alluvial 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:
This vineyard is situated on free-draining fertile alluvial soils of the lower Wairau Valley flood plain. Cooler temperatures allow slower, longer ripening which also contributes tropical and currant characters with high intensity of flavour.

Viticulture:
The small parcel of fruit was sourced from 15 year old established vines owned by Jason and Jenny Neal. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool of the evening at optimum 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 variety of selected yeast in 100 percent stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and freshness. This batch was selected as a Pioneer Block wine due to its power and intensity of flavor.

Colour:
Pale straw.

Aroma:
Intense aromas of tropical grapefruit, blackcurrant and redcurrant leaf combined with flint and herbal notes.

Palate:
Generous and rich with layers of grapefruit, currant and nettle. Delicate mineral notes and subtle hints of salt give this concentrated wine a long, lingering finish.

Ageing:
Drinking beautifully now and will be at its optimum over the next two to three years.

Wine analysis:
Alcohol 12.5% v/v, Residual sugar 2.6g/L, Acidity 7.4g/litre, pH 3.43

Food match:
Enjoy with fresh seafood such as oysters or sashimi.

Vegan friendly

Awards:

GOLD Medal - Marlborough Wine Show 2018

NZ$25.90