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The Pioneer
Pinot Noir 2021

Introducing the exquisite Pioneer Pinot Noir 2021, a wine that is sure to captivate your senses. With its deep burgundy hue, this wine is a feast for the eyes, and the aromatics are just as impressive. Notes of ripe red berry fruit mingle with hints of black cherry, vanilla, and mocha, all combining to create a truly divine scent. On the palate, the wine is both elegant and refined, with an incredible concentration of flavour and a great length that lingers on the taste buds. Indulge in the Pioneer Pinot Noir 2021 and experience a wine that is truly exceptional.


The Marlborough Wine Show 2023, Gold medal


The Pioneer
Pinot Noir 2021

This wine has a lovely deep burgundy hue. The nose is a mix of red berry fruit, sweet vanilla, char from the oak and a hint of spice. The palate is wonderfully vibrant, bursting with cherry flavours and has a lovely weight and concentration.

Vineyards and viticulture

The grapes for this lovely wine are from our Waihopai Valley vineyard and Tilly’s hillside block on Paynters Rd. The 21’ vintage was characterised by warm, dry weather resulting in very small berries and very light crops. The resulting grapes were picked at ideal ripeness levels, deep in colour and full of intense flavours.


On arrival at the winery, the grapes were tipped into small, open-top fermenters with about 10% of stems, for several days’ cold maceration. Once fermentation started, the vats were gently pumped over to extract colour, flavour, and fine tannins. The wine was left on the skins for seven to ten days post fermentation then pressed into a mixture of French oak barriques (224l) and puncheons (500l). After ten months maturation we tasted every barrel and carefully selected our favourites, they were then blended for this special wine and bottled here at the winery. 2124 bottles made.

Food Pairing

Roast New Zealand lamb with rosemary and garlic is a brilliant pairing, but also other red meats, pork and game. Well-flavoured vegetarian dishes, pulses, chargrilled foods and a range of herbs and spices.
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Gold Medal & Trophy Winner

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.

Well done team!