2018 Pinot Noir Gladstone Vineyards Wairarapa Case 6x75cl


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90 Points | "Boasting scents of ripe cherries, dusty earth and hints of dried herbs, the 2018 Pinot Noir is a solid effort. It's medium to full-bodied and silky in texture, with enough depth and length to suggest it will drink well for another 4-5 years." - Robert Parker

"Pale garnet. Light, earthy raspberry fruit on the nose. Really very fine with good density and a dry finish. Infinitely more sophisticated than common or garden NZ Pinot. Like The Flying Winemaker bottling, the balance here is perfect. But it seems ready to drink already, even if with an extra layer of interest over and above The Flying Winemaker Pinot 2018. 13.5% Alcohol." - Jancis Robinson MW

4.5-Stars | "Estate-grown and hand-harvested in the northern Wairarapa, and matured for a year in French oak casks (20% new), the 2018 vintage is ruby-hued, scented and supple. A very harmonious red, it has ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, well-integrated oak, very good complexity and lots of current-drinking appeal. Best drinking 2021+." - Michael Cooper

90 Points |"Varietal with a ripe and refreshing bouquet of Pinot Noir. Red apple and cherry, raspberry and light red plum. A light rose and gentle savoury undertone, moderate layer of oak with vanilla and spice. Dry, tense, fruity and poised for ageing. Fine to moderate tannins, medium+ acidity, youthful and well made. Drink from now and through 2024." - Cameron Douglas MS


Gladstone Vineyard's History

The Wairarapa is home to the first plantings of Pinot Noir in New Zealand, which dates back to the 1880s. Planted by William and Hermance Beetham, an English and French couple, who identified the environmental conditions and landscape as those similar to Burgundy gives good reason for our region to claim status as one of the world’s finest Pinot Noir producing areas. 

Gladstone Vineyard, planted in 1986, is located in Gladstone; the central sub-region of the Wairarapa valley. Our vineyards are planted along the river terraces of the Ruamahanga River, which has a unique free-draining soil profile of clay over stony silt loams. The microclimatic conditions of our vineyards are semi-maritime, which experiences very cool springs, extended sunshine hours and high exposure to UV light, which provides ideal conditions for the ripening of our premium wine grapes. 

The original owners of Gladstone Vineyard first started the vineyard as a hobby farm with a mere 2.7 hectares of vines planted to Sauvignon Blanc. In 1996, the property was then sold to the Kernohan family who tirelessly spent the next two decades crafting the wines whilst implementing sustainable vineyard practices to ensure premium grapes were yielded off the Home Block. In the early 2000s as the rigorous investment of time and resources started to reap rewards, the Kernohans commenced their expansion plans to satisfy the growing demand for Gladstone Vineyard wines by increasing the vineyard holdings of Pinot Noir and building a new winery. 

In 2018, Eddie McDougall, 'The Flying Winemaker’, acquired Gladstone Vineyard with the view to write the next exciting chapter of this prestigious wine estate. Gladstone Vineyard now manages and collaborates with several premium vineyards and growers across the Wairarapa and Hawkes’ Bay; diversifying the estate’s portfolio of wines. In light of the expanding vineyard footprint, Gladstone Vineyard’s core vision remains to be one of the best producers of Pinot Noir in New Zealand.

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