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18 October,2013
The ’12,000 Miles’ second tier of Gladstone Vineyard represents the distance to Scotland where the Kernohans have their roots, as well as their journey in making as well as selling wine. It’s a good foil to the premium ‘Gladstone Vineyard’ label, offering greater accessibility in terms of style and price. Of course, the second tier has benefitted from the continued development and inputs from the top label. Here, I review the latest ‘12,000 Miles’ release, the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, as well as the 2011 Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir, which I saw at a vertical tasting of vintages 2005 to 2011 in March this year (click here to see). The 2013 wine has the input of Alexis Moore, new winemaker working with Christine Kernohan, whereas the 2011 wine was with the work of Gerhard Smith who has now returned to South Africa. www.gladstonevineyard.co.nz

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12,000 Miles Gladstone Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

16.5+/20

The second bottling under Lot L144. Fruit from the ‘Boyd’, ‘Cliffs’, ‘Dakin’s Road’ and ‘Home’ blocks, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.77% alc. and 1.6 g/L RS, the wine aged 2 months on lees. Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, near colourless on rim. The nose is fresh with an aromatic amalgam of gooseberries, subtle pungent passionfruit and tropical fruit elements, hints of minerals and a suggestion of savoury reduction. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, light and delicate flavours of gooseberries, passionfruit and aromatic herbs follow a soft-textured, drying, phenolic line. The acidity is ripe and balanced, providing energy and drive, carrying the palate to an aromatic, lifted, dry finish. This is a soft, dry-textured, light Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry and passionfruit flavours. Match with seafood, poultry, salads and goats cheese over the next 2 years. 16.5+/20 Jun 2014 RRP $21.00

Brilliant pale straw-yellow with slight green hues, pale on rim. The nose is fresh with soft gooseberry fruit aromas along with nuances of passionfruit and green stonefruits, lifted by delicate esters. Dry to taste, this has a gentle core of passionfruit, tropical fruits and herbs along with floral notes. A soft-textured phenolic line carries the flavours and the palate has soft acidity providing good freshness. The mouthfeel has balance and the flavours lead to a dry, light finish. This is a light, subtle, passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with a soft mouthfeel and aromatic detail. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood and poultry over the next 2 years. Fruit from the ‘Boyd’, ‘Cliffs’, ‘Dakin’s Road’ and ‘Home’ blocks, fermented in stainless-steel to 12.77% alc. and 1.6 g/L RS, the wine aged 2 months on lees. 16.5-/20 Oct 2013 RRP $21.00

Gladstone Vineyard Gladstone Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17.5/20

Moderately full, even ruby-red colour. The bouquet is finely presented with a core of soft red and black berry fruits that reveals detailed nuances of dark herbs, minerals, dark red florals and oak. Medium-bodied and elegantly proportioned, the flavours of dark red cherries and berryfruits are lifted with floral and oak elements. The fruit is a little shy, but has some sweetness and richness, enlivened by lacy acidity, and the mouthfeel is supple and smooth, with the tannin extraction forming a background line. The flavours flow with vitality to a very long and sustained, succulently fruited finish. Though a little shy, this is a fine and elegant Pinot Noir with sweet fruit, freshness and good length. Serve with poultry and pork dishes over the next 5+ years. Clones 5, 6, 13, 115, 667, 777 and Abel from Dakins Road and Gladstone with a small portion of Martinborough fruit, hand-picked, given a cold soak and fermented to 13.4% alc., the wine spending 2-3 weeks on skins and aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barrels. 17.5/20 Oct 2013 RRP $45.00

Light ruby-red colour with some purple hues, the nose is fresh and fragrant with lifted red cherry and berry fruit aromas with a slight herbal underlay along with a little savoury interest. This gives a nod to the cooler spectrum, but is attractively elegant. An elegantly sized wine on palate, featuring aromatic red berry fruit flavours along with subtle stalk and stem nuances. The palate is driven by the acidity which seems prominent, the extraction lighter and in the background. This is slender with a sinewy mouthfeel and has a moderately long finish which shows some toasty notes. This is very fresh and youthful in expression, but should put on considerably more weight with some bottle age. 17.5+/20  Mar 2013
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