The Pioneer Pinot Gris 2009

Winemaker: Marcus Wright / Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 14%  pH: 3.37  RS: 12.6g/L  
TA: 6.0g/L  Brix: 23.5 - 25.4

The Barnsley's have had a long association with Lawson's Dry Hills, going back to the establishment of the brand in 1992. This medium dry wine, from Sion and Biddy's Waihopai Valley vineyard is richly textured with impressive varietal character.


This wine will reward cellaring over the next two to three years.

Food Match

Enjoy with seafood and good friends.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)


Awards & Reviews

Hospitality Magazine

Nicely rounded, no hard edges here in a very well-fruited wine, a nice weight to this Pinot Gris allows the extra intensity to show, without becoming heavy. Very nicely balanced, just lightly sweet. Very enjoyable as an afternoon sipper and with white meat courses.

NZ Listener

Still very youthful, this single- vineyard, Waihopai Valley wine is full-bodied and gently sweet, with fresh pear/spice aromas and flavours. Showing excellent harmony and richness.

Dominion Post

Lovely floral and pear flavours are beautifully supported by the succulent palate.

The Press (Christchurch)

WELL BALANCED - One of a trilogy collection of white varietals launched to honour screw cap pioneer Ross Lawson, who died in early 2009. Deliciously intense, sweet, ripe pear flavours with a good balance of acid, sugar and fruit. With honeyed botrytis and exotic, spicy nuances. Loved the rich, smooth texture.

Bob Campbell MW

89 POINTS This new label is a cut above the regular label in price and quality. It shows significantly greater intensity. A medium-dry style with lovely fruit purity and an impecable texture, that is dry, but not obviously tannic. CLASSY WINE.

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