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Pioneer Block 15 Strip Block Pinot Noir 2010

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson


The Strip Block is named after a unique, narrow strip of aged, devigorating soils at the base of the southern foothills of the lower Waihopai Valley.


Lower Waihopai Valley directly west of Blenheim.


Soils: Clay based.

Topography: Even flat site.

Climate: Warm day temperatures with cool nights.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The clay based soils provide a vigour-moderating environment conducive to growing top quality Pinot Noir.


Sourced from a single vineyard by the mouth of the Waihopai Valley from clones115, and 777.


The fruit was harvested when it had reached full physiological ripeness and maximum flavour maturity. At the winery the fruit was held cold for five days prior to fermentation to help extract maximum flavor and to enhance colour stability. Specially selected yeast was used to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation, during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to six times daily at the peak of fermentation. At dryness the wine was pressed to tank then racked off gross lees to a mixture of 37 per cent new French oak and older seasoned 225 litre oak barriques. During maturation the barrels were regularly tasted until the right balance was achieved (ten months). During its time the young wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was then carefully extracted from oak, blended and prepared for bottling.


Deep ruby red core with purple tinged rim.


Concentrated aromas of ripe black cherries, black currents, aromatic violet notes and toasty mocha oak.


Flavours of ripe dark berries dominate the palate with well balanced acidity and silky ripe tannins. The finish is layered with toasty oak, subtle vanilla and coffee which is followed through with a long lingering finish.


Perfect for drinking immediately this wine will continue to develop for the next five years from vintage date.


Alcohol: 13.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 6.0 g/litre, pH: 3.45.

Food Match:

Best matched with game or lamb dishes served with mushrooms or rich savoury sauce.



  • Trophy, Port of Wines Festival, Canada 2013 Top Scoring NZ Table Wine, Top Scoring Pinot Noir
  • Gold, Mundus Vini 2014
  • Gold, AWC Vienna 2012
  • Gold, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2012
  • 95 Points, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine Dec/Jan 2011
  • Gold, Mondial du Pinot Noir 2011
  • Gold, Bragato Wine Awards 2011
  • Pure Silver, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011
  • Silver, The New Zealand International Wine Show 2011