Domaine-Thomson 2015 ‘Explorer’ and 2013 ‘Surveyor Thomson’ Pinot Noirs

After acquiring a vineyard in 2013 in Gevrey-Chambertin, David Hall-Jones and Pui Mun Chan who own a 14 ha vineyard at Lowburn in Central Otago created ‘Domaine-Thomson’ to encompass their Pinot Noir wine operations in the northern and southern hemispheres. The Central Otago vineyard, established in 2000 has produced wine from the 2003 vintage, the top wine being the ‘Surveyor Thomson’, and a more accessible, fruit-driven ‘Explorer’ bottling, both wines named after David’s forebear who was New Zealand’s first Surveyor General. The vineyard is under the care of viticulturist Grant Rolston, and along with biodynamicist Su Hoskin is now under conversion to BioGro organic certification, to be fully certified in 2017, as well as also heading toward full biodynamic status. Central Otago veteran Dean Shaw is the winemaker. Here, I review the new 2015 ‘Explorer’ and 2013 ‘Surveyor Thomson Pinot Noirs from Domaine-Thomson.


  • Domaine-Thomson ‘Explorer’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
  • Domaine-Thomson ‘Surveyor Thomson’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

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