Red, purple hue. The nose has fragrant characters of blackberry and dark cherry with oral undertones. Beautifully balanced by savoury oak notes, and sage characters. The palate is refined and tight, with real texture. Fruits form early but the wine is carried by a lovely savoury tone and whole bunch structure and tannins.
94 Points - Cameron Douglas MS
93 Points - Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
93 Points - Sam Kim, The Wine Orbit
"This is the staple wine in Gladstone Vineyard's portfolio. The estate range is the benchmark for the house style and is a blend from top-performing blocks and clones we grow. Our mandate for this wine is to produce something that is genuinely reflective of the Wairarapa region; perfumed and savoury with fine tannins. The restraint on oak integration is a must to achieve the desired, transparent regional characteristics. There is no hiding behind a curtain of fancy winemaking tricks and new oak - just purity, liveliness, and sophistication" - Eddie McDougall
WINEMAKING & PRODUCTION:
The fruit was de-stemmed into 2-tonne fermentation tanks with about 70% of the fruit left as whole berries. As far as possible, all clones were vinified separately to allow each clone's unique characteristics to express themselves. We applied a cold soak period of 3–5 days followed by spontaneously started ferments. All batches received a post-soak of between 2–3 weeks with plunging done by hand to ensure a soft extraction of tannins. We then pressed o the batches and matured them in French oak barrels (15% new) for 10 months, each with its own balanced oak regime of barrel age and choice of coopers.
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.