Gladstone Vineyard - Making premium wine, Wairarapa

12,000 Miles Pinot Noir 2016


4 Stars Raymond Chan


A mix of red plum and dark cranberries combine with toasty smokey notes and a rich underlying tone of spice and mocha.  The wine is sweet and elegant, with rich fruit, finished with silky chocolatey tannins , and a long finish.  An elegant generous wine.

pH: 3.65, TA 6g/l, residual sugar: < 1g/l, alcohol: 13%


The wine is a true expression of minimalist intervention, site-specific winemaking. The fruit was crushed and destemmed with about 5% left as whole berries. The fruit was gravity fed into small open top plastic fermenters. All clones were vinified and matured in separate batches and only blended together at the very last stage of winemaking. The ferments were plunged twice daily to help soft extraction of colour and tannins from the skins. We gave a post-ferment maceration for up to two weeks to allow optimal body and structure in the wine. The wine was matured in individual batches in barrels for 10 months before final blending.


The grapes were grown at our various Dakins Road and Carters blocks. A variety of clones (Dijon, 10/5 and Abel) give a well-balanced wine that expresses opulent, dark fruit and savoury, spicy elements. We hand picked all the fruit and processed it with utmost care to ensure maximum quality and site expression.