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Pioneer Block 10 Twin Hills Chardonnay 2013

WINEMAKER: Matt Thomson, Hamish Clark and Kyle Thompson


This vineyard is nestled between twin foothills in Marlborough’s Southern Valleys.


Fruit was sourced from the valley between twin peaks in Marlborough’s Southern Valleys.


Soils: Clay based alluvial

Topography: Level vineyard site in the valley 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 per cent French oak (50 percent new oak barrels, 25 per cent second fill and 25 per cent 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.


Ripe stone fruit characters combine with hints of spice and toasty oak.


The palate is elegant and complex with flavours of peach and fig supported by an underlying minerality. Ten months maturation on lees in French oak barrels has provided a biscuit note and a mouth filling viscosity. 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: 13.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 6.1g/litre, Residual Sugar: 3.7g/L, pH: 3.35.

Food Match:

An ideal match with chicken dishes, roast port or seafood pasta.


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