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"Clair Family Estate now sits alongside Villa Maria as one of New Zealand’s most awarded wineries. And it’s nice to know it’s still New Zealand family-owned."
Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Pinot Gris 2007
WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson
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.
Soils: Free-draining, mix of stones and lighter soils with some clay.
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
Aroma:A beautifully intense wine with, pungent Pinot Gris
characters of freshly cut white pears, bread crust
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
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.
- Gold, Bragato Wine Awards