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Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Syrah 2013

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson, Hamish Clark and Kyle Thompson


Pretty, aromatic and perfumed, with spring flowers and exotic spice.


Omahu road, Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay.


Soils: Vigour moderating free draining gravel.

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

Climate: Flat even site with a gradual slope.

Regional Characteristics & contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

Warm days and cooler nights with gravel rich vigour-moderating soils all contribute to small berries which give this wine, concentration, perfume, and a deep rich colour.


This outstanding fruit was sourced from a single vineyard within the Gimblett Gravels area of Hawkes bay. The vigour moderating, free draining gravel provides a superb base for this low cropping Syrah. This vineyard site has ideal ripening conditions for achieving the intense aromatics and delicate structure that Syrah can give. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.


The fruit was held cold for four days prior to ferment to help extract maximum flavour and to enhance colour stability. Inoculated to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation during which the fermenting must was hand plunged up to four times daily. When dry the young wine was pressed and then racked off gross lees to 40% new French oak 60% older French oak. The wine underwent a clean Malolactic fermentation while ageing in oak for 11month. It was then gently extracted from oak, blended, and carefully prepared for bottling.


Dense ruby core with purple highlights.


Exotic, pretty and highly aromatic showing violets, spring flowers and spices mixed with dark ripe boysenberries and vanilla.


Rich and mouth coating. A beautiful elegant palate showing perfumed dark berries clean acidity and a lovely velvety texture which melts into a heady aromatic spicy finish.


Perfect for drinking immediately this wine will continue to develop and delight for a minimum of five years from vintage but with careful cellaring could easily last longer.


Alcohol: 13.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 6.2g/litre, pH: 3.45.

Food Match:

Delicious with exotic dishes lightly spiced.