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Pioneer Block 12 Lone Gum Gewurztraminer 2008

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson



Dog Point


Soils: Free-draining, mix of stones and lighter soils.

Topography: Flat

Climate: Warmer area of the inland South Western Wairau Plains

Vine Age: 13 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 Gewurztraminer aromas and gives a rich weight to the palate.


The fruit was sourced from the Lone Gum vineyard in the Dog Point region. Destined for a full, ripe weighty 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 physiological ripeness.


The fruit was crushed and allowed several hours of skin contact at cool temperatures to extract the full complement of flavour, phenolic and aroma compounds required. Following the settling period the clear juice was racked taking with it a portion of the light ‘fluffy’ lees, and then fermented using selected yeast in 100 per cent stainless steel at cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and freshness.


Pale gold


A beautifully intense wine with pungent Gewurztraminer characters of Turkish delight, rose petals and lifted notes of spice.


The wine is full-bodied and has a soft, round, oily texture on the palate showing rose petals and Turkish delight, with touches of lychee and cinnamon.


This wine is drinking beautifully now and may also be enjoyed over the next two to four years.


Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 4.2g/litre, Residual Sugar: 13.8g/litre, pH: 3.80.

Food Match:

This wine is an ideal match with Asian cuisine, smoked meats and cheeses.


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