Dark red, purple hue. Dark brooding nose of plum and cherry, smoky stalk tannins and toasty oak. The palate is opulent with good weight and texture. Fruit is balanced by chalky tannins and nice acidity.
This wine is a blend of the following Pinot Noir Clones: 114 & 115 for perfume and structure, 667 for aromatic and tannin complexity, and 777 for finesse and power.
"Our Blairpatrick Vineyard is the smallest of the sites we manage. A warm, dry-grown vineyard site that is one of the first to be harvested each year. This vineayrd produces fruit with immense concentration and flavour to create a wine that is a great expression of a sophisticated Pinot Noir with incredible depth of aromas from both the black fruits to the dark, earthy fruits as well as the beautiful savoury elements we love from Pinot. It is a low-yielding vineyard that shows the most promise
for making world-class Pinot Noir" - Eddie McDougall
WINEMAKING & PRODUCTION:
Blairpatrick is one of the unique vineyard sites that we manage due to the selection of Pinot Noir we have planted across the block. It has a bountiful palate of both Pommard and Dijon clones. Grapes are hand-harvested and brought into the cellar to undergo semi-carbonic maceration in 2-tonne open-top vats to allow ambient (natural) yeast to start fermentation. This approach allows for better integration of aromas, flavours and tannins with gentle, manual punch-downs 3 times a day to get the desired extraction we are looking for. Once fermentation is complete, the wine is pressed off its skins into barrel for malolactic conversion and maturation for 15 months. 100% French oak barriques are used of which 25% is new oak.
ABOUT GLADSTONE VINEYARD:
Gladstone Vineyard has an established reputation as a quality, boutique wine producer making award-winning wines of finesse and complexity with a primary focus on making New Zealand’s finest Pinot Noir!
The Gladstone district in the Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fast-growing wine area, as winemakers realise the potential of the quality soil and climate conditions that produce low-yielding, rich, concentrated grapes and show off the very best of the terroir. The result is our style of wine. Aromatic, fresh and true to varietal!
We believe that the most important part of winemaking occurs in the vineyard. Our grapes are managed with great care, ensuring the best possible fruit is brought to the winery at harvest, giving our winemaking team every opportunity to be creative whilst still striving to produce international, award-winning wines.