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Pioneer Block 9 Big John Riesling 2011

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark


The name of this wine reflects its 6ft 10in vineyard owner, John Walsh, affectionately known in viticultural circles as Big John.


Lower Brancott Valley


Soils: Even, free draining alluvial soils of moderate fertility.

Topography: Flat

Climate: Typical mid-Marlborough Valley climate with warm days and cool nights approaching vintage creating gentle ripening over a lengthy period.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

The evenness of older soils and age of the vines contribute to distinct mineral notes and excellent fruit weight on the palate.


Grapes from a site in the lower Brancott Valley were specifically chosen for this wine due to the evenness of the soils and the age of the vines. The fruit was picked in the coolest part of the day at the peak of flavour development.


Upon arrival at the winery the grapes were pressed with as little skin contact as possible. The free run juice was fermented separately at cool temperatures with selected yeasts to retain freshness and intensity of flavour. The ferment was stopped when the best balance between sugar and the grapes abundant natural acidity was achieved.


Pale green-gold.


Intense aromas of lime and grapefruit leap from the glass with subtle hints of mandarin and apricot.


An elegant wine bursting with flavours of citrus and green apples with a delicate honeysuckle note. Made in a Spatlese style the natural residual sugar is balanced by firm acidity creating an off dry impression.


Alcohol: 9% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 10.1g/litre, Residual Sugar: 42.7g/litre, pH: 2.81.

Food Match:

Enjoy on its own as an alternative to sparkling wine. Perfect with seafood or other delicately flavoured foods.



  • Gold, International Aromatic Wine Competition 2012