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2004 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 4 Sawcut Pinot Noir 2004

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson

BLOCK:

A full-bodied Pinot Noir with elegant structure and balanced acidity. The palate is dominated by rick black berry fruit and ripe cherry, with hints of plum and redcurrant.

Terroir:

Winemaking:

The fruit was sourced from a single low cropping vineyard in the Ure Valley, a new wine region south of Blenheim. This low yielding fruit was carefully harvested and transported to the winery for de-stemming and must chilling to small open top stainless steel fermenters. The fruit was cold soaked for four to five days to help extrct maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. Cultured yeasts were employed to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to six times daily. At dryness the fermented must was pressed to tank and then racked off gross lees to a mixture of new and used French oak. The wine was then inoculated for malolactic fermentation and was aged for 11 months on lees before being blended, stabilized, lightly egg white fined and then prepared for bottling.

Colour:

Deep ruby red

Aroma:

Rich fruit aromas of black cherries, boysenberries and plums, complemented by lifted floral notes and toasky oak characters.

Palate:

A full-bodied Pinot Noir with elegant structure and balanced acidity. The palate is dominated by rich black berry fruit and ripe cherry, with hints of plum and redcurrant. One hundred percent new and used French oak lends warm savoury smoky notes.

Cellaring:

This wine is drinking beautifully now and patient cellaring will be rewarded during the next three to five years.

Analysis:

Alcohol: 13%, Titratable Acidity: 6.4g/litre, pH: 3.47.

Food Match:

Ideal with roast duck or spring lamb.

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