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Gladstone Vineyard 2015 Riesling and Pinot Gris

08 June,2017
Gladstone Vineyard is the modern-day pioneer of winegrowing in the greater Wairarapa area. Christine and David Kernohan have been stalwarts of the Gladstone region, and encouraging of others to do well in the area. Over the years, Gladstone Vineyard, Paddy Borthwick, Schubert, Johner and Urlar have stood out as the premier producers, with a host of others not far behind. Christine and her winemaker Craig Fryett continue to evolve the wines, and each year they seem to take a step forward, Here, I review the new 2016 Riesling and Pinot Gris wines.


Gladstone Vineyard Gladstone Riesling 2016

Riesling from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with a rounded core, comprising an amalgam of ripe lime and citrus fruit, savoury white florals and nuances of fresh herbs and chalky minerals. Dryish to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate features an elegantly taut line of lime and citrus fruit with subtle notes of savoury florals, honeysuckle and chalky minerals. The palate has a tightly bound core with crisp acidity enhancing the linearity. The wine flows along a fine-textured line of fruit extract and phenolics, leading to a crisp, dry, thirst-quenching, lingering finish. This is a taut, dryish Riesling with citrus and savoury floral fruit, along with mineral notes on a crisp, mouthwatering palate. Serve as an aperitif and with Thai, Vietnamese or Japanese cuisine over the next 3-4 years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Winery’ block, vines 25 y.o., the fruit certified organic, WBP and cool-fermented to 11.0% alc. and 10.95 g/L RS, TA 7.83 g/L and pH 2.95, the wine aged 6 months on full lees. 17.5/20 Jun 2017 RRP $25.00

Gladstone Vineyard Gladstone Pinot Gris 2016

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

Bright yellow colour with some peach and blush hues, lighter on the rim. This has a softly full nose with moderate depth of savoury yellow stonefruits entwined with some wild honey and floral elements, and nuances of minerals. Medium-dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has light, but up-front flavours of yellow stonefruits and tropical fruits, along with subtle notes of savoury honey and florals. The wine flows with good energy, the light, crisp acidity providing some drive. The wine flows along a fine-textured line, the fruit receding as it carries to a light, nuanced finish of stonefruits, florals and honey. This is a light, up-front medium-dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit, floral and honied flavours on a crisp palate. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the ‘Home’, ‘Boyd’ and ‘Blairpatrick’ blocks, 50% tank-fermented, a portion on skins, and 50% fermented in older oak to 12.5% alc. and 23.9 g/L RS. 17.0+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $25.00
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