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Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Pinot Gris 2009

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson


Originally this site was the paddock where stud Jersey bulls grazed. Now the paddock is fondly known by the owners as the Bull Paddock block.


Omaka Valley.


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

Topography: Flat.

Climate: Typical Southern Valley climate of very warm days followed by cool nights.

Vine Age: Approximately 10 years old.

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 Pinot Gris aromas and gives a rich weight to the palate.


The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard in the southern Omaka Valley. Destined for a tardive 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 pressed as quickly as possible 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 Pinot Gris characters of freshly cut white pears, bread crust and almonds.


The wine is rich and mouth-filling with a soft, round, oily texture on the palate showing pear and almond with touches of spice and bread crust.


This wine is drinking beautifully now and is best enjoyed between one to three years from vintage date.


Alcohol: 13.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 6.8g/litre, Residual Sugar: 24.2g/litre, pH: 3.46.


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