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2011 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 10 Twin Hills Chardonnay 2011

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark

BLOCK: 10

An elegant and complex wine with flavours of tropical fruits and fig supported by an underlying, salty minerality.

Region:

This is one of Saint Clair’s vineyards in the Omaka Valley. 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.

Terroir:

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

Topography: Flat within a small open valley.

Climate: A warm site with higher temperature 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 greater retention of fruit flavours.

Viticulture:

The fruit was sourced from Saint Clair’s vineyards on the clay based soils in the Omaka valley. The fruit was a blend of Mendoza and Clone 95 Chardonnay; a clone that originates in Burgundy. Careful monitoring was carried out during ripening and fruit was hand harvested at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.

Winemaking:

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

Colour:

Pale gold.

Aroma:

Lifted tropical aromas with notes of peach and fig, a touch of spice and a full, luscious mouth feel.

Palate:

The palate is elegant and complex, with flavours of tropical fruits and fig, supported by a salty but underlying minerality. Nine months maturation on lees in French oak barrel has provided a biscuity note and a mouth filling viscosity. It has a firm acidity that leads to a warm lingering finish.

Cellaring:

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

Analysis:

Alcohol: 14.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 6.3g/litre, Residual Sugar: 2.2g/litre, pH: 3.24.

Food Match:

Perfect on its own or as an accompaniment to lamb Perfect on its own or as an accompaniment to lamb and salami.

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Awards

  • Trophy, Marlborough Wine Show 2012
  • Gold, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012 Pure Elite Gold
  • Gold, Marlborough Wine Show 2012
  • 4 ½ Stars, Winestate Recent Releases