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Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Pinot Gris 2011

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark


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


Omaka Valley


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

Topography: Flat

Climate: Typical southern valley climate of very warm days followed by cool nights.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

This is a warmer site with early budburst allowing a long ripening period well into late autumn. Hang time increases the intensity and ripeness of the characteristic Pinot Gris aromas and gives a richness and weight to the palate.


The fruit was sourced primarily 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 quickly 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. It was then fermented primarily in stainless steel using selected wine yeast, at cool temperatures, to retain fruit flavour and freshness.


Pale gold.


Beautifully and intense with pungent Pinot Gris characters of freshly cut white pears, bread crust and almonds.


Rich and luscious with a soft, round, oily texture on the palate showing pear and almond with touches of spice and bread crust. The acid is well balanced to suit this sweeter 'tardive' style.


Drinking beautifully now and will best enjoyed between one to three years from vintage date.


Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 5.8 g/litre, Residual Sugar: 18.3g/litre, pH: 3.43.

Food Match:

An ideal match with lightly spiced Asian cuisine or soft ripened cheese.



  • Gold, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2012