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The Pioneer Pinot Gris 2017

Introducing the exquisite Pioneer Pinot Gris 2017 – a single vineyard wine that’s sure to take your taste buds on a journey. With a mid-straw color and a hint of copper tone, this off-dry wine boasts lifted aromas of juicy pears, red apples, and stone fruit. The palate is equally impressive, with a weighty and textural feel that envelops your mouth in flavours of succulent pears, apple crumble, and sweet clover honey. After some years in the bottle, this wine has reached its peak and is now perfectly balanced and complex. Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge in the perfect blend of taste, texture, and complexity – try Pioneer Pinot Gris 2017 today.

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The Pioneer Pinot Gris 2017

This single vineyard wine is mid-straw in colour with a slight copper tone. Off dry in style with lifted aromas of juicy pears, red apples and stone fruit. The palate is weighty and textural with flavours of pears, apple crumble and clover honey – a complex wine that is drinking perfectly after some years in bottle.

Vineyards and viticulture

The fruit for this wine came from just one pick from the Barnsley Block in the Waihopai Valley. Grower Biddy Barnsley pays great attention to the vineyard and particularly to this Pinot Gris. The vines were leaf-plucked and thinned several times to ensure the crop level was low, ensuring both flavour and full ripeness.


The winemaking here was minimalist. The grapes were hand-picked and gently pressed into old French oak barriques for a long and slow fermentation (over six months) with wild yeasts from the vineyard. Once we felt the wine had achieved the perfect balance of sweetness and adicity, the barrels were racked and the wine chilled, filtered and bottled.

Food Pairing

A delicious pairing with flavoursome seafood, poultry, spicy foods, Moroccan and Middle Eastern dishes and many different cheese styles.
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We’re delighted that our Reserve Chardonnay was awarded a Gold medal and the Marlborough Chardonnay Trophy at the recent 2023 International Wine Challenge (IWC).

Now in its 39th year, the IWC is accepted as the world’s most rigorous, impartial and influential annual wine competition.

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