Gladstone Vineyard Gladstone Pinot Noir 2009

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 25-Mar-2013
Moderately deep ruby-red with youthful purple hues. The bouquet is softly full, with depth and presence, unfolding layers of aromas. Savoury red berry fruits are complexed by a subtle amalgam of dried herbs, stalks, game meat, in the secondary stage. Fullish in body, rich and succulent fruit flavours of dark red berry fruit fill the mouth with a fleshy mouthfeel. This is solid in weight, but rounded, with very fine-grained tannins in support. This has a suppleness to the extract, enlivened by balanced acidity. A little secondary interest is showing, savoury game and some forest floor nuance adding detail. This has a good life ahead, say 5-6+ years yet. 19.0/20 Mar 2013 Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir has had great success over the past several vintages, winning gold medals and trophies. The label can stand as an equal among the leaders from Martinborough if one wishes to make that comparison. Light ruby red with some garnet to the colour, this has an excellent, up-front, but elegant nose of ripe red fruits intermixed with florals and a savoury note.. Quite classical in a Wairarapa style, the ripe, gamey, red fruitiness is well-supported by fine-grained, supple tannins that provide a silkiness of texture. Extremely drinkable now, this will develop over the next 4-6 years, during which it should merit a 5 star rating. Made from clone 5, 6, 13, 115, 667, 777, 10/5 and Abel fruit from the Dakins Road and Biddeford blocks, given a 5-7 day cold soak, fermented to 14.7% alc., and aged for 10 months in 30% new French oak. 18.0+/20 Dec 2010 RRP $45.00

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