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2012 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Pinot Noir 2012

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson, Hamish Clark and Kyle Thompson

BLOCK: 5

This wine is named Bull Block after the stud Jersey bulls who previously grazed on a paddock on this site.

Region:

Omaka Valley, south west of Blenheim.

Terroir:

Soils: Aged silt loams over clay loam sub-soil.

Topography: Flat.

Climate: A diurnal shift with very warm days followed by cool nights.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

Warmer days and cooler nights with clay rich vigour-moderating soils all contribute to small berries which give this wine power, concentration and intensity.

Viticulture:

The fruit was sourced from a single vineyard in the heart of the Omaka Valley, from 100 per cent clone 10/5. This vineyard is traditionally harvested later in the season allowing a long ripening period which increases the intensity of flavours.

Winemaking:

The fruit was harvested when it reached full physiological ripeness and maximum flavour maturity. At the winery the fruit was held cold for five days prior to fermentation to help extract maximum flavour and enhance colour stability. Specially selected yeast was used to carry out primary alcoholic fermentation during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to six times daily. At dryness the wine was pressed, then racked off gross lees to a mixture of 50 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 (10 months in oak). During its time in oak, the young wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was then gently and carefully extracted from oak, blended and prepared for bottling.

Colour:

Dark garnet.

Aroma:

Lifted notes of ripe black cherries, violets and toasty oak.

Palate:

A round full bodied wine with ripe flavours of black cherries, blackcurrant and wild blackberries. Fine tannin and focused, balanced acid complements the lifted French oak and spice on the finish.

Cellaring:

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

Analysis:

Alcohol: 14% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 6.2g/litre, pH: 3.59.

Food Match:

Best with full flavoured lamb or beef.

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