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Pioneer Block 12 Lone Gum Pinot Noir 2009

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson


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


Lower Omaka Valley directly west of Blenheim.


Soils: Clay rich, vigour moderating soils.

Topography: Flat, even land.

Climate: Quite a warm site with high diurnal temperature change.

Vine Age: Average 9 years old.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

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


The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard on the lower Omaka Valley. 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 harvested when it reached full physiological ripeness and maximum flavor maturity. At the winery the fruit was held cold for four days prior to ferment to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. Selected yeasts were used to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to six times daily. At dryness each batch was pressed to tank and then racked off gross lees to stainless steel tanks. The wine was then dropped into a mixture of 62 per cent new French oak for ten months where it underwent malolactic fermentation. It was then blended and carefully prepared for bottling.


Dense ruby


Lifted notes of boysenberry and blueberry with highlighted spicy oak.


A delicious full bodied concentrated wine with ripe flavours of blackberry, boysenberry and blueberry. This wine has a fine tannin structure which complements the lifted spicy French oak.


Perfect for drinking immediately this wine will continue to develop for at least another 5 years from vintage date.


Alcohol: 14.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 6.6g/litre, pH: pH 3.46.

Food Match:

An ideal match with roast duck, turkey or chicken.



  • 3 Stars, Tiz Wine Pinot Noir Tasting May 2011