The Pioneer
Pinot Noir 2010

Region: Marlborough
Winemaker: Marcus Wright/Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 13.50%  pH: 3.55  RS: 0.0g/L  
TA: 6.0g/L  Brix: 24.1 - 24.8

Produced from the Barnley vineyard in the Waihopai Valley where perfect soils and microclimate have combined to produce a Pinot Noir with both finesse and density. This wine was made from Clones 5 (80%) and 115 (20%). Hand plunged with extended maceration before aging in one new and four one year old barriques for sixteen months. Opulent berry fruit, subtle oak, wonderful concentration and great structure make this wine something special.


This wine will develop nicely over the next few years and should be at its best around 2015 - 2016.

Food Match

Roast lamb, duck or game.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)


Awards & Reviews

Cuisine Magazine - Four Stars

A fitting tribute to Marlborough legend Ross Lawson. This is an eminently drinkable wine. Floral scents set the scene for a blueberry, cherry, chocolate and oak-seasoned palate. Solid walls of tannin give direction and texture.

International Wine Challenge 2013 - SILVER MEDAL

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012 - Pure Silver

Other Vintages

The Pioneer Pinot Noir 2012
The Pioneer Pinot Noir 2015
The Pioneer Pinot Noir 2014
The Pioneer Pinot Noir 2013

Sustainable Winegrowing International Wine Competition Trophy Decanter International Trophy

Awarded the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc producer in 2013

Lawson’s Dry Hills is on Alabama Road, Blenheim, Marlborough.

Our cellar door is open daily from 10am until 5pm, seven days a week during the summer, we are closed on all Public Holidays and winter weekends during June/July/August/September. Call us on +64 3 578 7674 or email

Licence # 052/OFF/023/2016
exp. 03/07/2019 

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