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.

Cellaring

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 - Five stars - 95 points

Full-flavoured Pinot Gris with a creamy texture and a mix of ripe stonefruits - peach, nectarine together with pear and savoury nutty/brioche flavours. Bold wine with fruit and alcohol sweetness nicely balanced by gentle acidity and subtle tannins. Rich and complex wine.

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

The Pioneer Pinot Gris 2015
The Pioneer Pinot Gris 2010

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. Call us on +64 3 578 7674 or email wine@lawsonsdryhills.co.nz

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

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