3 Terraces – Boutique Gladstone Grower
3 Terraces is a small family-run vineyard located on Dakins Road, near Gladstone. Mike and Irene George established their plantings in a 9.3 ha site overlooking the Ruamahanga River in 1999 and named the wine after the series of terraces made up of fertile loan on free-draining gravel, the soil considered ideal for grapegrowing. The vineyard is planted to 75% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Gris and 10% Sauvignon Blanc. The George's family tend the vineyard for low yields and the wine made by Jon McNab of Fairmont Estate. The 2010 Pinot Gris and Noir are reviewed here.
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
3 Terraces Gladstone Wairarapa Pinot Gris 2010Pinot Gris from New Zealand - Wairarapa & WellingtonReview Date : 09-Sep-2011Brilliant pale straw-yellow colour, this has a fresh, bright and intense nose of yellow stonefruits, with notes of ripe, savoury tropical fruits, flint and minerals. Medium-bodied and dryish to taste, the fruit flavours of yellow stonefruits and minerals have good concentration and an unctuous mouthfeel. Some secondary, earthy elements are beginning to show adding interest. This wine is well balanced with crisp, clean acidity. Fruit from the ‘Dakins Road' site, hand-picked and cool-fermented to 14.0% alc. and 5 g/L rs. Serve with antipasto, poultry and pork over the next 2-3+ years. 17.5-/20 Sep 2011 RRP $14.95
3 Terraces Gladstone Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2010Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & WellingtonReview Date : 09-Sep-2011Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Dakins Road' vineyard destemmed and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in French oak barrels. Light ruby-red colour with some depth and pale purple hues on edge, the bouquet is moderately intense, showing dark red berry fruit aromas with notes of garden herbs and minerally nuances, fresh and lively, with cooler spectrum elements. An elegantly proportioned, medium-weighted wine, this has juicy, succulent dark red berry fruit flavours with some herb notes forming a good core. Some resiny oak is present. Fresh, elevated acidity and firm tannins lead to a dry finish. Match with Mediterranean duck and pork dishes over the next 4-5+ years. 16.5/20 Sep 2011 RRP $15.95