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Pioneer Block 10 Twin Hills Chardonnay 2009

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson


This vineyard is in Falveys Road, the Omaka Valley. The Maori translation of Omaka is river between two hills which is where the name Twin Hills originates from.


This is one of Saint Clair’s own vineyards in the Omaka Valley, where the climate is warmer by day, but cooler by night than average in Marlborough. This site has proven itself to be capable of producing top quality chardonnay.


Soils: The soil is clay based, and is quite compact.

Topography: Flat within a small open valley.

Climate: A warm site with warmer days and cooler nights than average in Marlborough.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

This is a warmer site with good diurnal temperature changes, which contributes to enhanced retention of fruit flavours.


The fruit is sourced from Saint Clair’s own vineyards on the clay based soils in the Omaka valley. Grapes used for this wine are a blend of Mendoza and Clone 95 Chardonnay (a clone that originates in Burgundy). Careful vineyard monitoring during ripening ensures hand harvesting occurs at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.


The majority of this fruit was hand harvested and whole bunch pressed to ensure the highest quality fruit flavours were preserved. The juice was inoculated and fermented in 100 per cent French oak barrel (new and seasoned). The wine then went through malolactic fermentation, followed by 9 months ageing on yeast lees with regular stirring after which it was carefully blended, stabilised and prepared for bottling.


Pale gold.


Lifted aromas of tropical flavours and notes of peach and fig, with a touch of spice.


The palate is elegant and complex, with flavours of tropical fruits and fig, supported by an underlying minerality. Maturation on lees in French oak has provided a ‘biscuity note’ and a mouth filling viscosity. A firm acidity is evident that leads to a warm lingering finish.


Although drinking well now, this wine will improve with age. Patient cellaring will reward over the next 1-5years.


Alcohol: 14% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 6.1g/litre, Residual Sugar: 3.0g/litre, pH: pH 3.34.

Food Match:

Perfect on its own or as an accompaniment to lamb or chicken dishes – or try with cheeses.



  • Gold, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2011 (NZ)
  • Silver, Decanter World Wine Awards 2010