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James Laube Wine Spectator, USA

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2007 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Pinot Noir 2007

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson

BLOCK: 5

This wine is named Bull Block after the stud Jersey bulls who previously grazed on a paddock on this site.

Region:

The Hawkesbury region of the Omaka Valley, south west of Blenheim.

Terroir:

Soils: Aged silt loams over clay loam sub-soil.

Topography: Flat.

Climate: Very warm days followed by cool nights.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

Warmer days and cooler nights with the clay rich vigour-moderating soils all contribute to small berries which give this wine power, concentration and intensity.

Viticulture:

This fruit was grown by one of Saint Cair's most dedicated growers in the Omaka Valley. 100 per cent clone 10/5, these grapes are harvested later in the season allowing a long ripening period which increases the intensity of flavours.

Colour:

Bright ruby red

Aroma:

Lifted aromas of black cherry and plums with toasty oak notes.

Palate:

With aromas of black cherries, plums and toasty oak the palate is rich and full with powerful dark fruit flavours, deep savoury notes and a lingering finish.

Cellaring:

Enjoy now or cellar for between two to five years.

Analysis:

Alcohol: 13.5%, Titratable Acidity: 6.1g/litre, pH: 3.53.

Food Match:

Best matched with full-flavoured lamb or beef.

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Awards

  • Trophy, Decanter World Wine Awards 2009 New Zealand Pinot Noir Trophy - (Over 10 Pounds)
  • Gold, Bragato Wine Awards 2008