The Pioneer
Pinot Gris 2012

Region: Marlborough
Winemaker: Marcus Wright/Rebecca Wiffen
Alcohol: 14.5%  pH: 3.73  RS: 22g/L  
TA: 5.9  Brix: 25.9 - 26.5

2012 was a fantastic vintage in Marlborough. The combination of this great year, a unique vineyard site (Barnsley) in the Waihopai Valley and careful attention to details, from the pruning right through to the bottling of this wine has allowed us to produced something very special. Rich and beautifully textured with a little sweetness, balanced by the acidity and fruit weight. This wine is a wonderful expression of Pinot Gris from our little corner of the world.


This wine will develop wonderfully over the next five to six years.

Food Match

Spiced crab meat salad, rich cheeses or just by itself.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

Sold out at the cellar door - October 2016

Awards & Reviews

Bob Campbell, MW Reviews. - Gold Ribbon/Medal

Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 - Silver medal

Marlborough Wine Show 2014 - Silver Medal

International Wine Challenge (Tranche 1) 2015 - Silver medal

Taste Magazine - Top 100 Wines of 2015 - Taste Top 100 Wines of 2015 - over $30.00

Full-flavoured Pinot Gris with a creamy texture and a mix of stone fruit/peach/pear/nectarine and savoury nutty/brioche flavours. Bold wine with fruit and alcohol sweetness nicely balanced by gentle acidity.

Other Vintages

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