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Deborah Walton and Peter Morice Timaru Herald, 3 November 2009

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Other Vintages: 2014 | 2012 | 2011
2007 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Pinot Gris 2007

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson

BLOCK: 5

Originally this site was the paddock where stud Jersey bulls grazed. Situated in Hawkesbury Road, in Omaka Valley, south-west of Blenheim, the vineyard gently slopes north.

Region:

Omaka Valley

Terroir:

Soils: Free-draining, mix of stones and lighter soils with some clay.

Topography: Flat

Climate: Typical Southern Valley climate of very warm days followed by cool nights.

Vine Age: Seven years

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

This is a warmer site with early budburst allowing
a long ripening period well into the late autumn.
Hang time increases the intensity and ripeness of
the characteristic Pinot Gris aromas and gives a rich
weight to the palate.

Viticulture:

The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard in the
southern Omaka Valley. Destined for a tardive style
with no botrytis influence the fruit was carefully
monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool
of the evening at maximum flavour maturity and
physiological ripeness.

Colour:

Pale gold

Aroma:

A beautifully intense wine with, pungent Pinot Gris
characters of freshly cut white pears, bread crust
and almonds.

Palate:

The wine is rich and mouth-filling with a soft, round,
oily texture on the palate showing pear and almond
with touches of spice and bread crust.

Cellaring:

This wine is drinking beautifully now and is best
enjoyed between one to three years from vintage
date.

Analysis:

Alcohol: 13% v/v,, Titratable Acidity: 5.9 g/litre, Residual Sugar: 24.0g/litre, pH: 3.61.

Food Match:

This wine is an ideal match with lightly spiced Asian
cuisine or soft ripened cheeses.

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Awards

  • Gold, Bragato Wine Awards