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2007 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 12 Lone Gum Pinot Noir 2007

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson

BLOCK: 12

Named after a solitary tree on the site in Dog Point Road, south of Renwick.

Region:

Lower Omaka Valley directly west of Blenheim.

Terroir:

Soils: Flat

Topography: Even, flat site

Climate: Quite a warm site, with high diurnal temperature changes.

Vine Age: Sixth year cropping

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The fruit was sourced from a vineyard on clay based soils of the Dog Point area in the lower Omaka Valley. The grapes harvested for this wine are the 10/5 clone, harvested late in the season, resulting in an intensely concentrated wine.

Viticulture:

The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard on the fertile, free-draining soils of Marlborough’s Lower Wairau area. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool of the evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.

Colour:

Dense Ruby

Aroma:

Lifted aromas of boysenberry and blueberry with highlighted notes of clove and spicy oak.

Palate:

This Pinot Noir is a concentrated and tightly structured wine, with ripe fruit flavours of boysenberry and blueberry. The palate is fullbodied, with fine tannin structure. Ageing in French oak has lent a touch of spice on the palate with a long, lingering finish.

Cellaring:

Drinking well now, and patient cellaring will reward over the next two to five years.

Analysis:

Alcohol: 14% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 6.3g/litre, pH: 3.47.

Food Match:

An ideal match with roast duck, turkey or chicken.

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