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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.