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The 2010 Pinot Noirs were outstanding with Saint Clair leading the way with no less than 4 Top Tip Awards. .....All of the Saint Clair Top Tip winners came from their Pioneer Block range and we would suggest that you can't go wrong with any wine from this range but that our favourite was Block 16 Awatere Pinot Noir.
Pioneer Block 12 Lone Gum Pinot Noir 2007
WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson
Named after a solitary tree on the site in Dog Point Road, south of Renwick.
Region:Lower Omaka Valley directly west of Blenheim.
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.
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.
Alcohol: 14% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 6.3g/litre, pH: 3.47.
Food Match:An ideal match with roast duck, turkey or chicken.