The Pioneer
Pinot Noir 2015

Region: Marlborough
Winemaker: Marcus Wright/Rebbeca Wiffen
Alcohol: 14%  pH: 3.65  RS: Nil  
TA: 5.8g/L  Brix: 23.6 - 25

Tasting Notes

Blackberry, dark cherry combine wonderfully with vanilla and smoky French oak. The palate is rich and round with tannins like fine velvet, this wine has great concentration whilst still maintaining its elegance and poise.

Winemaker's Notes

We aim to produce the best possible wine from each clone on each site. These awere individually harvested in small parcels at optimal ripeness and placed directly into open-top fermenters for cold maceration before the fermentation kicked off spontaneously. Because of the size of the berries the hand plunging was limited to twice per day during the ferment. The wines were left on the skins for between seven and twenty days post fermentation before pressing into a mixture of French oak barriques and puncheons. After ten months maturation we looked at all our barrels and selected our favourite seven, which we then blended and returned to barrel for a further four months aging.

Viticulture Notes

From two of our Waihopai Valley vineyards (the Barnsley and Lawson's Dry Hills) The 2015 vintage was characterised by small berries with deep colour and intense flavour. The wonderful weather allowed us to pick as and when we wanted too. The soils are a mix of windblow loess, clay and silts layered over alluvial gravels. We use a mix of clones - Barnsley vineyard 115-56%, C15-28%, Lawson's Dry Hills vineyard 16%,115/667.


Six to eight years.

Food Match

Roast New Zealand lamb with a herb rub and mixed root vegetables.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

Release date T.B.C.

Other Vintages

The Pioneer Pinot Noir 2010
The Pioneer Pinot Noir 2012
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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