Gladstone Vineyard - Making premium wine, Wairarapa
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2006 Vintage Tasting Notes

SAUVIGNON BLANC 2006

IN THE VINEYARD
The grapes were grown at our Dakins Road and Home blocks. The blocks were selected for their ripe, tropical flavours and concentrated character. The fruit was both hand picked and machine harvested.

IN THE WINERY
The juice was cold settled for 48 hours and the clean juice was fermented over 3 weeks with various yeasts to enhance complexities, with a partial barrel ferment to help build the palate. The wine was given extended contact with lees after fermentation to enhance the mouth feel and structure of the wine.
pH 3.35; TA 6.45g/l; rs 1.6g/l Alc 13.6%

IN THE GLASS
A ripe tropical nose of mango, pineapple, gooseberry and lime. A full palate with concentrated fruit and weight with a crisp finish. Drink now, or cellar for three years. Enjoy with salads, seafood such as mussels, scallops and roast snapper fillets.

PINOT GRIS 2006

IN THE VINEYARD
The grapes were grown at our Dakins Road and Home blocks. The crop is kept low to enhance the fruit flavours we want in the wine. The fruit was harvested by block to maintain each site’s specific character.

IN THE WINERY
This juice was partially fermented in older oak barrels to broaden the palate and complexity, while the rest was fermented in stainless steel to capture the clean fruit flavours. Extended lees contact was used to enhance the palate and structure
pH 3.43; TA 6.3/l; rs 2.9g/l; Alc 14%

IN THE GLASS
The wine has a complex nose of ripe pear, litchi and orange peel. A hint of cinnamon and vanilla is followed by a rich, velvety palate with a long finish. Enjoy with paella, chicken curry or Thai style stir fries.

AWARDS
Bronze Medal, Air NZ Wine Awards 2006

PINOT NOIR 2006

IN THE VINEYARD
The grapes were grown at our own blocks at Dakins Road and fruit from Te Muna Road. Hand selected clones, meticulous care of the vines and fruit and all hand harvested to maintain impeccable quality.

IN THE WINERY
The clones were vinified separately after a cold soak of 5 days. Hand plunged during fermentation
with extended post ferment maceration to build soft, subtle tannin structure. Matured in French oak barrels for 10 months.
pH 3.52; TA 5.9/l;rs 0.25g/l;Alc 13.8%

IN THE GLASS
Deep crimson wine with black cherry, plum and spice on the nose. A full palate with ripe fruit and tannins, complex and with a broad flavour profile. A beautiful soft, floral finish rounds off this balanced, elegant wine. Great now but will improve over the next 6-8 years.

AWARDS
Gold Medal, Mondial Du Pinot, Switzerland 2007
4 Stars, Cuisine Magazine 2007

RIESLING 2006

IN THE VINEYARD
The grapes were grown at our Dakins Road and Home blocks. The fruit was hand harvested and sorted to maintain clean, healthy fruit quality.

IN THE WINERY
The juice was cold settled for 2 days prior to a cool fermentation in stainless steel to maintain the fresh, vibrant flavours. A few weeks spent on light lees helped build a full palate.
pH 3.00; TA 8.5g/l; rs 3.2g/l; Alc 12.1%

IN THE GLASS
This is a vibrant, focussed style of Riesling. It has wonderful citrus flavours of lime, grapefruit and lemon peel on the nose with a steely mineral character that gives great length on the palate. Drink now or mature for several years to enhance the great character of this wine.

AULD ALLIANCE 2006

IN THE VINEYARD
The Auld Alliance is a wine composed of the best of our Bordeaux varieties every year. Careful fruit selection from our Dakins Road blocks, hand picking and low crop levels are all ways that we use to ensure and maintain the great quality of this wine.

IN THE WINERY
The different cultivars were cold soaked for 5 days prior to fermentation in separate batches. Hand plunged and given extended post-ferment maceration. Matured in 90% French oak and 10% American oak barrels for 12 -14 months.
pH 3.60; TA 5.4g/l;rs 0.2g/l; Alc 14.5%

IN THE GLASS
Soft violet, tea leaf and a hint of oak sweetness from the Cabernet Franc (55%) is followed by the ripe cherry and spicy fruitcake from the Merlot (25%) and Malbec (20%). Ripe fruit and tannins on the palate with a mouth filling structure and long savoury aftertaste. Drink now or cellar for 6-8
years.

AWARDS
Bronze Medal, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, NZ 2008

ROSÉ 2006

IN THE VINEYARD
The Gladstone Rosé was made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes grown specifically for this wine from our Dakins Road and Home blocks. Machine harvested to maintain soft, ripe flavours.

IN THE WINERY
The grapes were left in the press for 12 hours to extract colour and flavour before a cool fermentation to keep the juicy red berry and cherry flavours. The wine was then cold stabilized, filtered and bottled.
pH 3.31; TA 6.00g/l; rs 3g/l; Alc 14.5%

IN THE GLASS
A great summer wine with pale salmon colour and strawberry, raspberry and candy floss on the nose. The palate is rich, yet delicate and floral and has a crisp finish. Enjoy over the summer.