Gladstone Vineyard Gladstone Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 25-Mar-2013
Good depth of colour, ruby-red with some purple still, a little garnet also. This is tight and firm on bouquet, showing density and depth, with ripe, dark red berry fruit aromas, the nose quite fine in its fragrance in expression. Medium-full bodied, red berry fruits and dark plum flavours form a deep core. There is good structure and tannin extraction and balanced acidity. Together, this has a linearity to the core, and the wine has sweetness and drive with liveliness and tension. Very subtle herb interest is apparent, and the wine shows well with good aromatic character. This has developed well in the bottle, becoming richer and sweeter. 18.5+/20 Mar 2013 Clones 5, 6, 13, 115, 667, 777 and Abel from the ‘Dakins Road' and ‘Gladstone' blocks, hand-picked, given a cold soak and fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine spending up to 4 weeks on skins. The wine was aged 10 months in 30% new French oak. Moderately deep ruby-red colour with purple hues, light on rim. This has a bold and lively nose of dark red berry fruits along with savoury dried herb and spice aromas, the oak in good balance, all forming a concentrated and deep amalgam of interest. Medium-full bodied, this has a concentrated and rich array of flavours with dark red berry fruits, herbs, game and spicy oak that unfold and fill the palate. The wine has balanced tannin extraction, the textures tending soft and round, providing attractive suppleness, with restrained acidity enhancing the richness. The wine carries a sustained finish of savoury red fruits. This is a full-flavoured and bold wine showing an array of complex flavours that will match mushroom and duckdishes over the next 4-6 years. 18.5-/20 Feb 2012 RRP $45.00

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