The Pioneer Pinot Gris 2010

Winemaker: Marcus Wright / Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 14.5%  pH: 3.55  RS: 16g/L  
TA: 5.25g/L  Brix: 25.4

Pinot Gris has a great affinity for the Waihopai Valley and under Biddy Barnsley's careful eye the grapes from her vineyard are a winemakers dream. This is a richly textured wine with big round mouthfeel and distinct varietal characters. Made in a medium style, this wine was partially barrel fermented and regularly lees stirred.


We believe this wine will be at its best in 2012 - 2013.

Food Match

Rich cheeses.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)


Awards & Reviews

Gourmet Traveller

92 POINTS. A rich, ripe, concentrated Pinot Gris with luscious pear and white-peach flavours with a seasoning of bready yeast lees. Smooth and creamy with lovely richness and weight.

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012 - PURE GOLD.

Other Vintages

The Pioneer Pinot Gris 2009

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.

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

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