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2013 VINTAGE

Pioneer Block 10 Twin Hills Pinot Noir 2013

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson, Hamish Clark and Kyle Thompson

BLOCK: 10

Named after the two hills that line the sides of the Omaka Valley where this vineyard is nestled.

Region:

Omaka Valley which is part of the Southern Valleys.

Terroir:

Soils: Compact, clay rich, vigour moderating soils.

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:

The vines are planted in the Omaka Valley which consists of clay rich, compact soils. This terrior is conducive to growing top quality Pinot Noir for it achieves good fruit tannin development and concentrated flavours.

Viticulture:

Sourced from a single vineyard in the heart of the Omaka Valley. The fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness. The grapes harvested and contributing to this blend are fifty per cent Dijon clone 667 and fifty per cent Dijon clone 114.

Winemaking:

When the fruit had reached full physiological ripeness and maximum flavour maturity it was harvested. At the winery the fruit was cold soaked for five days prior to fermentation to help extract maximum flavour, colour. The two Dijon clones 667 and 115 were fermented separately and specially selected yeasts were used to carry out the primary alcoholic fermentation. During the peak of fermentation the tanks were plunged up to eight times in a 24 hour period. At dryness the wine was pressed to tank then racked off gross lees to a mixture of 42 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 (ten months). During its time the young wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was then carefully extracted from oak, blended and prepared for bottling.

Colour:

Dark red

Aroma:

A lifted nose of dark fruits, black cherry, plum, vanilla, and violets.

Palate:

A full-bodied and concentrated wine packed with ripe dark fruit and toasty oak. The palate is generous with velvety tannins and clean acidity providing great focus and length.

Cellaring:

Perfect for drinking immediately this wine will continue to develop for another five years from vintage date or beyond.

Analysis:

Alcohol: 13.0% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 5.6g/litre, pH: 3.53.

Food Match:

Ideally matched with lamb rack served with mushroom sauce and creamy mash.

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