The Pioneer
Pinot Noir 2012

Region: Marlborough
Winemaker: Marcus Wright/Rebecca Wiffen
Alcohol: 14.0%  pH: 3.65  RS: nil  
TA: 5.7g/L  Brix: 24.4 - 24.9

The deep burgundy colour immediately tells you this is a wine of substance, the alluring aromas of red berries, dark cherries and hints of vanilla and chocolate. The wine opens out, showing subtle spice and charred oak barrel characters.


This wine will reward the patient.

Food Match

Tea roasted duck with seasonal vegetables.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

Sold out at the Cellar Door - August 2106

Awards & Reviews

The Marlborough Wine Show 2013 - TROPHY + GOLD MEDAL

Winner of The Classic Oak Products Trophy for Champion Pinot Noir 2013-2012-2011-2010 and older.

Marlborough Wine Show 2014 - Silver Medal

Cuisine Magazine - issue 167 - Four Stars

International Wine Challenge (Tranche 1) 2015 - Silver medal

Other Vintages

The Pioneer Pinot Noir 2010
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 

Join our mailing list and get our quarterly newsletter when you fill in your details and we’ll send it to you.