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Gladstone Vineyard and 12,000 Miles Pinot Noir 2015

02 November,2017
Gladstone Vineyard is the oldest wine growing estate in the modern era of the Wairarapa. It was established in 1986, with Christine and David Kernohan acquiring the business in 1996. Since then, the Kernohans have become the doyens of the district, encouraging the wine industry around Gladstone and the Wairarapa as a whole. The range wines is relatively large and diverse, with the bottlings classically varietal and representative of the region. Pinot Noir is arguably the premier variety, and many of the vintages made by Christine have won top awards. I visited Gladstone Vineyard to catch up with winemaker Craig Fryett in March 2016, and tasted barrel samples of the 2015 Pinot Noir. I liked the wines in barrel (click here to see my report). Here I review the bottled wines, under the secondary 12,000 Miles and premium Gladstone Vineyard labels. The vintage is seen as low yielding, providing concentrated flavours and strong tannins, in essence a high quality one. Care was taken with the extraction to compensate.


12,000 Miles Gladstone Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

Dark ruby-red colour with some depth and purple tints, lighter on the edge with garnet hues. The nose is gently full and moderately deep with aromas of dark-red berry fruits and plum elements, and a layer of spicy oak entwined with subtle dried herb and floral suggestions. Medium-bodied, the palate has a firmly packed heart with lively and sweetly rich fruit flavours of dark-red berryfruit melded with plum, spicy oak, herbs and florals. The mouthfeel is vigorous showing good energy, with fine grainy tannins and lacy acidity in support. The wine carries to a lingering finish rich fruit and oak notes. This is a rich and lively, sweet-fruited Pinot Noir with red berryfruit, plum and spicy oak flavours on a vigorous palate with fine, grainy tannins. Serve with Middle Eastern fare over the next 4-5 years. Dijon clones with 10/5 and Abel, from blocks in Dakins Road and ‘Carter’, hand-picked and fermented with 5% whole bunches to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in barrel. 17.0-/20 Nov 2017 RRP $27.00

Gladstone Vineyard Gladstone Pinot Noir 2015

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

Ruby-red colour with some depth, and garnet hues on the rim. This has an elegantly proportioned nose with finely presented aromas of dark-red berry and cherry fruit along with a harmonious amalgam of plums, dark herbs and nuances of red florals and subtle spicy oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate is soft and refined with rich flavours of dark-red berry and cherry fruit entwined with red floral and plum elements, along with a balanced layering of spicy oak and dark herbs. The flavours form a good heart and the flavours are gently mouthfilling, underlined by fine-grained tannin extraction in the background, and integrated acidity. The flavours carry to a lingering, soft finish of fruit and oak. This is an elegantly proportioned Pinot Noir with a balanced palate of red cherry and berry fruit with plum, herb and spice interest on a fine-grained palate. Serve with duck and pork dishes over the next 5-6 years. Predominantly clone 777 and Abel fruit, almost all from the company’s Dakin Road vineyard, partially indigenous yeast fermented with approx. 5% whole bunches to 13.5% alc., the wine on skins 2-3 weeks and aged 10 months in 25% new French oak. 18.0/20 Nov 2017 RRP $42.00
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