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Tasting Notes

Pale straw.


Complex aromas of preserved lemon, sweet oak and roasted almond.


The palate is round and full with flavours of ripe citrus, roasted hazelnut and a toasty oak note. Nine months maturation on lees in French oak barrels has assisted with creating a rich creaminess and fine tannin structure.


This wine will continue to evolve and develop complexity over the next five years and beyond.

Winemaking and Viticulture

Stewart Maclennan


The fruit was partially handpicked and whole bunch pressed to ensure the vineyard characters and fruit flavours were preserved. The juice was barrel fermented in 100 per cent French oak (33 per cent new oak barrels) using selected yeast strains.
The wine underwent malolactic fermentation, followed by 9 months aging on yeast lees with regular stirring. Only the best barrels were selected for the Twin Hills Pioneer Block wine.


Careful crop manipulation to ensure vine balance is essential for this highly prolific and large bunch producing variety.


The fruit was predominantly sourced from the valley between twin peaks in Marlborough’s Southern Valleys sub-region.


Soils: Clay-based alluvial.
Topography: Flat and level vineyard site in the valley below low-lying foothills.
Climate: Warm days and cool nights creating diurnal temperature changes.

Regional Characteristics & Contribution to Uniqueness of Flavours:

This is a warmer site than in other areas of Marlborough with good diurnal temperature changes which contributes to greater retention of fruit flavours.

Wine Analysis
Wine Analysis:

Alcohol: 13% v/v

Acidity: 5.7g/litre

Residual Sugar: 1.0g/litre

pH: 3.34

Food Match
Our Food Match Recommendation:

Seared chicken breast with pine nut salad. 

Vegetarian Friendly  

Tasting Notes PDF
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Previous Vintages Tasting Notes:

20202019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014


Awards and Accolades

Gold Medal - New Zealand International Wine Show, 2023

Gold Medal - Aotearoa Regional Wien Competition, 2023

Gold Medal - New World Wine Awards, 2023

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