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Pioneer Block 10 Twin Hills Chardonnay 2012

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark


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


Fruit was sourced from the valleys either side of the twin peaks in Marlborough’s Southern Valleys.


Soils: Clay based alluvial.

Topography: Level vineyard sites in the valleys below low lying foothills.

Climate: Warm days and cool nights, creating diurnal temperature changes.

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.


Grown on clay based soils, the fruit is a blend of Chardonnay clones; predominantly Mendoza and Burgundian Clone 95.The vines were monitored carefully during ripening and fruit was harvested at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.


The fruit was carefully harvested, partially handpicked and whole bunch pressed to ensure the vineyard characters and fruit flavours were preserved. The juice was barrel fermented in 100 percent French oak (50 percent new oak barrels, 25 percent second fill and 25 percent third fill) using selected yeast strains. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation, followed by 10 months aging on yeast lees, with regular stirring. Only the best barrels were selected for the Twin Hills Pioneer Block wine.


Pale gold.


Lifted tropical aromas of peach and fig with a touch of spice.


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


Although drinking well now, this wine will improve with age. Careful cellaring will reward over the next one to five years.


Alcohol: 13% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 6.9g/litre, Residual Sugar: 3.7g/litre, pH: 3.38.

Food Match:

Perfect on its own or as an accompaniment to lamb or chicken dishes.



  • Gold, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013
  • Gold, NZ International Wine Show 2013