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Gladstone Vineyard and 12,000 Miles 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and 2016 Pinot Noir

15 May,2018

It was in 2015 that Christine and David Kernohan announced that their Gladstone Vineyard was for sale. It has been a drawn-out process which meant that it was business as usual for this senior Gladstone region producer until a sale went through. It has just been announced that Gladstone Vineyard is set to be acquired by the ‘Odyssey Capital Group’, an Asian alternative asset management company, in partnership with ‘The Flying Winemaker’, an Australasian multi-faceted wine producer founded by Eddie McDougall. Subject to Overseas Investment Office approval, this gives the potential for significant growth and increased distribution. Christine Kernohan and key Gladstone Vineyard staff will stay on to work with ‘The Flying Winemaker’

In conjunction with this news, I’ve received a selection of recent and new releases, comprising ‘Gladstone Vineyard’ and ’12.000 Miles’ bottlings of the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and the 2016 Pinot Noirs. Christine and her winemaker Craig Fryett have been strengthening the style differentiation between the accessible ’12,000 Miles’ and more sophisticated ‘Gladstone Vineyard’ bottlings. Here are my reviews. www.gladstonevineyard.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



12,000 Miles Gladstone Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17/20

Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is elegantly proportioned with up-front and accessible aromas of gooseberries along with a subtle layer of fresh herbs, hints of nettles and cut grass, snow peas, unveiling a little passionfruit. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has lively and sweet fruit flavours of gooseberries along with fresh herbs and subtle notes of cut grass, peas and passionfruit. The fruit forms a soft-textured, but rounded core with plenty of presence and balanced, refreshing acidity. The flavours carry with good energy to a lingering finish. This is an accessible, bright and lively Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, cut grass, herb and passionfruit flavours on a palate with good presence. Fruit from the ‘Home’, ‘Dakins Road’, ‘Carters’ and ‘Cliff’ blocks, cool-fermented in tank to 12.5% alc. and 1.9 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees. 17.0/20 May 2018 RRP $21.00

12,000 Miles Gladstone Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

16.5+/20

Full straw-yellow colour with light green-golden hues, a little paler edged. The nose is gently full and up-front with aromas of yellow stonefruits along with notes of pears and savoury yellow florals, unfolding subtle nutty nuances. This has a soft heart with good depth. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a soft core of white and yellow stonefruits along with pears and hints of exotic florals. The fruit is up-front and the mouthfeel is rounded with soft acidity. The palate is fresh and lively and carries to a light finish, the flavours receding a little. This is an up-front dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit pear and floral flavours, and a rounded mouthfeel. Serve as an aperitif, with antipasto or dim sum over the next 2+ years. Fruit from the ‘Manuka Flats’, ‘Home’ and ‘Blairpatrick’ blocks, fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 3.2 g/L RS, the wine aged 2 months on lees. 16.5+/20 May 2018 RRP $21.00

12,000 Miles Gladstone Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18-/20

Deepish ruby-red colour, a little opaque, showing youthful purple hues, lighter on the edge. The nose is fresh, bright and vibrant with elegantly concentrated aromas of dark raspberry fruit along with subtle notes of dark herbs, unfolding a little raspberry liqueur and liquorice. Medium-bodied, the palate has an amalgam of dark-red cherry and raspberry with fresh herbs. The fruit is sweetly bright and aromatic, and enlivened by refreshing acidity, The fruit richness is supported by a fine line of tannin extraction providing structure and linearity. The wine carries with good energy to a long, lingering finish of raspberries and liquorice. This is a bright and lively Pinot Noir with flavours of red berry fruits, raspberries and liquorice on a fine-structured line with good energy and length. Serve with antipasto, poultry and pork, and lamb and beef over the next 4+ years. Dijon clones, 10/5 and Abel, from the ‘Dakins Road’ and ‘Carters’ blocks, destemmed and fermented with 5% as whole berries to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in oak. 18.0-/20 May 2018 RRP $27.00

Gladstone Vineyard Gladstone Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17.5+/20

Bright, even, light straw-yellow colour with slight lemon-green hues, lighter edged. The nose is refined in expression with restrained and delicate notes of white stonefruits and florals, unfolding fresh herbs and green stonefruits to form a fine core with nuances of cut grass and nettles. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and tightly bound with concentrated flavours of white and green stonefruits, fresh herbs and nuances of white florals. The palate has a well-packed, intense heart with a fine-textured line, Soft, lacy acidity provides energy and drive. This gas good drive and the wine carries to a fresh, lively finish. This is an elegant, refined and taut Sauvignon Blanc with subtle oak influence, showing white and green stonefruits, fresh herbs and florals, and fine linearity. Match with herb-marinated fish and poultry dishes over the next 2+ years. Fruit from the ‘Home’ and ‘Dakins Road’ blocks, a portion hand-picked and WBP, the machine picked given some skin contact, the wine half tank-fermented and half barrel-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 1.59 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees undergoing batonnage. 17.5+/20 May 2017 RRP $27.00

Gladstone Vineyard Gladstone Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

17.5-/20

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with just a suggestion of blush, near colourless on the rim. The nose is elegant in presentation with a fine and tight core of white and yellow stonefruits along with a subtle layering of exotic florals, and nuances of minerals. This has clarity and purity. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is taut and tightly bound with light flavours of white and yellow stonefruits with floral elements and mineral nuances. The fruit forms an elegant, fine-textured core with good line and underlying fresh, lacy acidity. This has a degree of power and the wine carries along a fine-textured line, leading to a lingering, nuanced finish. This is a taut and elegant dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit and exotic floras, on fine and fresh palate line. Match with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese fare over the next 3 years. Fruit 90% from the ‘Home’ block, half fermented in tank and half in barrel with 10% fermented on skins for 4 weeks, to 12.6% alc. and 3.5 g/L RS. 17.5-/20 May 2018 RRP $27.00

Gladstone Vineyard Gladstone Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington

18.5/20

Even, dark ruby-red colour with slight purple tints, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full and gently packed with stylish aromas of dark-red cherry and berry fruit along with notes of raspberries and liquorice, and hints of herbs and spices. This unfolds a layer of detail with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in expression with a fine and tight core of dark-red cherry and berry fruit entwined with herbs, spices and liquorice. The fruit possesses richness and is enlivened by lacy acidity, and the wine carries along a very fine-featured line with very fine-grained tannin extraction. The palate has concentration and linearity, and leads to a taut finish of raspberries and liquorice. This is an elegantly concentrated, tightly bound Pinot Noir with dark cherry, berry asnd raspberry fruit and notes of liquorice, herbs and spices on a very finely-structured palate with good linearity. Match with lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-8 years. A blend of clones, mainly 5, 6, 667, 10/5 and 114, 90% of the fruit from the ‘Dakins Road’ block, destemmed with approx. 70% of the fruit fermented as whole berries to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 25% new French oak barrels. 18.5/20 May 2018 RRP $41.00

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