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Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Pinot Gris 2019

This vineyard site was originally a grazing paddock for stud Jersey bulls and is now fondly known as the Bull Block.

Hamish Clark and Stewart Maclennan

Block 5:
This vineyard site has proved to be the building block for some of Saint Clair’s finest wines. This is the vineyard where Saint Clair Family Estate first discovered the fruit to make their flagship Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.

Omaka Valley

Soils: Free-draining mix of stones and lighter soils with some clay.
Topography: Flat.
Climate: Typical southern valley climate of very warm days followed by cool nights.

Regional Characteristics & Contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:
This is a warmer site with early budburst allowing a long ripening period well into late autumn. Hang time increases the intensity and ripeness of the characteristic Pinot Gris aromas and gives richness and weight to the palate.

The fruit was sourced from Rob and Heather Goulter’s vineyard in the southern Omaka Valley. Destined for a tardive style with no botrytis influence, the fruit was carefully monitored during ripening and harvested in the cool of the evening at maximum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.

The fruit was crushed and pressed promptly at cool temperatures to extract the full complement of flavour, phenolic and aroma compounds required. Following the settling period the clear juice was racked taking with it a portion of the light fluffy lees, then fermented using selected yeast in stainless steel at moderately cool temperatures to retain fruit flavour and freshness. The fermentation was arrested early to retain some residual sugar, to balance the acidity and add richness.

Pale gold.

Pure aromas of freshly cut green pear and crusty white bread.

Full and luscious with layers of honeydew melon, pear, and spice. The wine is focused and textural with a natural acidity that is balanced with a hint of sweetness.

Drinking beautifully now, this wine will continue to evolve and reward for at least three years from vintage date.

Alcohol: 12.5% v/v, Titratable Acidity: 5.3g/litre, Residual Sugar: 17.7g/L, pH: 3.32.

Food Match:
An ideal match with soft ripened cheese or crayfish.

Vegan Friendly 


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