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Pioneer Block 10 Twin Hills Pinot Noir 2010

WINEMAKER: :Matt Thomson


This vineyard is nestled within the Omaka Valley. The Maori translation of Omaka is river between two hills which is where the name Twin Hills originates from.


The vines are planted within the Omaka Valley which consists of clay rich, compact soils. This terrior is conducive to growing top quality Pinot Noir for it achieves good fruit tannin development and concentrated flavours.


Soils: Compact, clay rich, vigour moderating soils.

Topography: Flat within a small open valley.

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

Vine Age: Part of the vineyard was planted in 2000 (clone 115) and another planted in 2004 (clone 114).

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

Marlborough’s Omaka Valley which is part of the Southern Valleys.


The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard in the heart of the Omaka Valley. Following careful monitoring during ripening the fruit was harvested in the cool evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness. The grapes utilised for this blend are fifty per cent Dijon clone 114 and fifty per cent Dijon clone 115.


The fruit was harvested once it reached full physiological ripeness and maximum flavour maturity. At the winery the fruit was cold soaked for five days prior to fermentation to help extract maximum flavour, colour and mouth feel. The two Dijon clones 114 and 115 were fermented separately and specially selected yeasts were used to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation. During the peak of fermentation the tanks were plunged up to eight times in a 24 hour period. At dryness the wine was pressed to tank then racked off gross lees to a mixture of 78 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.


Dark and glossy deep red.


A heady nose of lifted raspberry and black cherry aromas, mingled with wafts of spicy oak.


A luscious, full-bodied and concentrated wine with ripe flavours of sun warmed raspberries and dark forest fruits. Generous oak provides a gutsy toast and mocha backbone. The velvety tannins and balanced acidity ensure good focus and length.


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


Alcohol: 13.5%, Titratable Acidity: 6.2 g/litre, pH: pH 3.44.

Food Match:

Ideally matched with lamb rack served with mushroom sauce and creamy mash.


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