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PINOT NOIR

GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2015 

Bronze New World Wine Awards 2017 

12,000 MILES PINOT NOIR 2015

Silver New World Wine Awards 2017 

GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2014

Blue Gold Sydney International Wine Competition 2017 
Silver International Wine Challenge 2017
Silver NZ International Wine Show 2016
Silver New World Wine Awards 2017
Silver Royal Easter Show 2017
Bronze Medal International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016
4.5 Stars/91 points Wine Orbit
4 Stars/92 points Bob Campbell
4 Stars Raymond Chan

"A beautifully styled pinot, the inviting bouquet shows dark cherry, game, clove and cedar characters with a hint of dried herb complexity. The palate is ripe and rounded with excellent fruit weight and silky texture, wonderfully framed by polished tannins. The wine offers attractive fruit flavours together with elegant savoury complexity, making it highly enjoyable." Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"This is a soft, mouthfilling Pinot Noir with savoury dark-red fruits, dried herbs and earthy notes on a dry, grainy palate." Raymond Chan

12,000 MILES PINOT NOIR 2014

Top 100 Sydney International Wine Competition 2017 
Silver Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016
Pure Silver Medal (88 points) Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015
4.5 Stars/91 points Wine Orbit
4 Stars/92 points Bob Campbell
4 Stars Raymond Chan

" ...immediately appealing on the nose showing dark cherry, plum, cedar and mixed spice characters, which lead to a succulent palate that is beautifully fruited and rounded. The wine is silky, flavoursome and highly enjoyable, offering lovely fruit richness combined with subtle savoury complexity. At its best: now to 2019." Wine Orbit June 2016

"...a fresh, firm and tightly bound nose with moderately concentrated aromas of dark raspberries along with subtle notes of dark herbs, a suggestion of minerally reduction that adds to the interest. Liquorice element emerge with aeration.  Medium-bodied, the fruit is plush and juicy, though slightly reserved in aromatic expression, showing flavours of dark red berry fruit harmoniously melded with nuances of dark herbs.  The mouthfeel is well-proportion with weight, a rounded core and balanced extraction, the fruit sweetness prevalent, unfolding herb and liquorice elements.  The wine carries to a dry, lingering finish of raspberries and liquorice.  This is a moderately rich and juicy Pinot Noir with a plush core, plenty of presence and structural balance." Raymond Chan June 2016

"Distinctive bouquet of wild red berry fruit, the dried herb scents of the forest ; silty soil layer and moderate+ oak, youthful, fresh with moderate concentration. On the palate – fresh, fleshy, juicy and fruity with flavours of red cherry and red plum, mild to moderate tannins – quite fine; medium+ acidity and oak, balanced and well made overall. Drink now and through 2019." Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015

GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2013

Gold Medal Mondiale des Pinots 2014
Gold Medal Sommelier Wine Awards 2015
Silver Medal International Wine Challenge 2015
Silver Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2015
Bronze Medal NZ International Wine Show 2014
Bronze Medal Decanter Asia Awards 2014
4.5 stars/92 points Bob Campbell

"Attractive wine with quite concentrated red fruits and fresh herb characters plus a suggestion of spice and subtle, nutty oak. Smooth-textured wine with length and subtle power."  Bob Campbell

12,000 MILES PINOT NOIR 2013

Pure Gold Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014
Gold Medal Melbourne International Wine Competition 2014
Bronze Medal NZ International Wine Show 2014
Bronze Medal Decanter Asia Awards 2014

"Over a base of forest floor and herb, tangy fruits of the forest are layered in an elegant, earthy example that punches well above its weight at this price." NZ Herald Viva Wines for Winter June 2016

JEALOUS SISTERS PINOT NOIR 2013

Gold Medal International Wine Challenge 2015
Bronze Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
Bronze Medal Sommelier Wine Awards 2015

12,000 MILES PINOT NOIR 2012 

Wine Orbit 86/100 points

"Rhubarb and strawberry, slight pepper and spice. Medium bodied, sappy herbal palate with sour edged rhubarb flavour, and a tart/sweet red fruited finish. 90/100"  Gary Walsh, WinefrontNZ.com January 2014

"Savoury bouquet, cherry and smoke, earthiness, barnyard. Juicy and plush to taste with light to medium bodied weight and freshening acidity. Savoury element adds interest, feels quite simple to taste but there's intrigue in the flavour profile. Good drinking.  89/100"  Mike Bennie, WinefrontNZ.com January 2014 

"Very light in color matched by light, bright red fruit aromas - with red cherry, red apple skin and strawberry suggestions at the top of my list; lightly oaked. Palate is as light and fragrant as the nose suggests; dry, soft and gentle with mild tannins. Very easy to drink example.  Balanced with medium length and moderate complexity. 3.5 stars"  Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier December 2013

"Very clear, garnet in the glass.  The soft sweet berry-fruit and cherry aroma has mild spice, gentle oak and soft green herb notes. The silky palate encapsulates autumn with its soft tannins, gentle plum and smoke flavours. There's also a floral note in the aromatics. Supple and ripe, this is a gentle, easy drinking wine that will easily find favour." Stuff.co,nz Eight New Kiwi Wines to Try November 2013

"...this perfumed, juicy pinot noir has attractive spicy savoury depths and is deliciously easy to drink." Emma Jenkins, Australian Women's Weekly December 2013

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Read Raymond Chan's notes of our vertical tasting of Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005-2011 here
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GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2011

Silver Medal International Wine Challenge 2013
Silver Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2013
Silver Medal International Wine and Spirit Competition 2013

Bronze Medal Melbourne International Wine Competition 2014
4 Stars Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2014

"...a ruby-hued, elegant red with with vibrant cherry, plum and spice flavours, ripe and savoury, slightly earthy notes and very good complexity. Very harmonious and finely textured, it has strong drink-young appeal."   Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2014 

"Mulchy, twiggy and a little herbal, poached strawberry, mint and spice. Lighter bodied style, red fruit and herbs, interesting mouth perfume, fine grained tannin and fresh acidity. Good to drink. Attractive. 91/100"    Gary Walsh, WinefrontNZ.com January 2014 

" Dustiness and red fruit characters, touch of mocha and graphite in the mix too. Good perfume. Dusty and dry across the palate, firm fine tannins and some savoury, earthy complexity. Interesting pinot noir expression here, feels stoic and firm but in a good way. Bright fruit personality too. Neat. 91/100" Mike Bennie,  WinefrontNZ.com January 2014  

"Lots of strawberry and cherry rich fruits, a generous mushroom like earthy layer accentuated by the choice of oak; Dry with medium+ acid and tannins - a wine that is also quite fine in texture - a lovely drifting finish. Finishes as it begins with soft and generous strawberry and cherry fruit flavors. Balanced and well made. . 4.5 stars"  Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier December 2013
 
"A lovely wine from Gladstone in the Wairarapa that shows there is more to the region than just Martinborough. Nicely complex nose with touches of plum, cherry and dried herbs, backed up by some peppery oak.  On the palate it is broad and generous, with plenty of fruit notes and a lovely velvety mouth-feel.  Drinking well now, it is good for another few years yet." Herald on Sunday Wine of the Week 17 November 2013

 "Light ruby-red colour with some purple hues, the nose is fresh and fragrant with lifted red cherry and berry fruit aromas with a slight herbal underlay along with a little savoury interest. Attractively elegant".
17.5+/20 Raymond Chan wine reviews www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz March 2013

12,000 MILES PINOT NOIR 2011

Bronze Medal Royal Easter Wine Show 2012
Bronze Medal International Wine and Spirit Competition 2012
3 Stars Winestate Magazine June 2012
4.5 Stars Wine Orbit  March 2012

"Garnet, clear and brilliant in the glass. The plum, earth and oak aroma is pleasant and there's a light curry-like spiciness that adds interest. The plummy, earthy palate also delivers that unusual yet appealing spiciness. Soft and gentle with some grape seed tannins delivering a slightly stalky finish. A medium-bodied easy drinking pinot from this reliable Wairarapa producer." Deborah Walton-Derry and Peter Morice, Marlborough Express, July 2013

"An elegant expression, the bouquet shows red cherry, game, floral and subtle mushroom characters. It's juicy and rounded on the palate, finishing delicately dry, silky and appealing."
Sam Kim Wine Orbit, www.wineorbit.co.nz  February 2013

"This is a lovely soft, light, fruity pinot noir made with a portion of whole bunch maceration, which adds a soft explosion of fruit flavours; like the summer red pudding equivalent in a wine. " Joelle Thompson's, Dominion Post Wine Column, January 2012

GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2010

Trophy Best Pinot Noir Australasian Boutique Wine Awards 2012
Top Pinot Noir, Australia Gourmet Traveller Wines, Trans Tasman Pinot Noir Tasting, February 2013
Silver Medal International Wine Challenge 2012
Silver Medal Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2012
Silver Medal NZ International Wine Show 2012
Silver Medal International Wine and Spirit Competition 2012
Bronze Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2012
4 Stars Winestate Magazine June 2012
4 Stars Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2013
4.5 Stars Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2014

"Ruby-hued, with moderately youthful colour, it is a high-alcohol (14.5 per cent) but graceful red with an array of cherry, herb and spice flavours, nutty, savoury and complex, and good tannin backbone. Drink now or cellar. "  Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2014 

"Pretty on the nose, lightly floral, fresh plum, sappy astringent red berry, very light and layered, fine herb notes' sweet berry fruit on entry, bright, lovely herb toes, delicate and fresh, delicious wine, super inner mouth perfumes, refined and delicate, lovely drive to the fruit, puritans precision, finishes a bit short but succulent with red plum finale and spice notes." Gregory Dal Piaz Snooth, May 2012

"Silken, spicy Pinot Noir in a slightly edgy style with floral, red cherry and pepper/spice flavours. Appealing fruit sweetness is neatly balanced by fine, ripe tannins. A distinctive and appealing style" 85/100 Bob Campbell,www.bobswinereviews.com/ , February 2012

"Moderately deep ruby-red colour with purple hues, light on rim.  This has a bold and lively nose of dark red berry fruits along with savoury dried herb and spice aromas, the oak in good balance, all forming a concentrated and deep amalgam of interest.  Medium-full bodied, this has a concentrated and rich array of flavours with dark red berry fruits, herbs, game and spicy oak that unfold and fill the palate.  The wine has balanced tannin extraction, the textures tending soft and round, providing attractive suppleness, with restrained acidity enhancing the richness.  The wine carries a sustained finish of savoury red fruits.  This is a full-flavoured and bold wine showing an array of complex flavours that will match mushroom and duck dishes over the next 4-6 years."  Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz January 2012 Stars 18.5-/20

12,000 MILES PINOT NOIR 2010

Bronze Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2011

"...a wonderfully simple style of Pinot.  None of the big, sweet fruit leaping out at you that you would get from Otago, just some bright fresh cherries and a little vegetal backbone to the aroma.  The palate is fresh, well balanced and has a touch of sweet fruit coming through, but backed up by acid to keep it clean, an earthy element to give it structure and a bit of spice (white pepper maybe?) to jazz it up a touch!  A delicious wine.  90pts" Peter Wood The Tasting Note February 2012

"Multi-clone mix including 5, 115, Abel and 10/5 from 'Dakins Road', 'Boyd' and 'Biddeford' blocks destemmed, but with around 40% whole berries, fermented to 13.4% alc., the wine aged 10 months in French oak. Light ruby-red with youthful purple hues to the colour. This has a fresh, intense and moderately concentrated nose of dark cherry and red berry aromas with notes of spices and dried herbs. Medium-bodied, this has vibrant primary fruit flavours of juicy dark cherries with nuances of spices that unfold. Supple tannins provide supporting balance and soft textures while allowing the fruit to feature. The oaking is subtle with a faint resinous aspect, and the wine has a moderately long finish. Drink this approachable, fruit-featured wine with tuna, duck and mushroom dishes over the next 3-4+ years. 4 Stars 17.0-/20" Raymond Chan www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz August 2011

GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2009

Trophy Best Pinot Noir Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition 2010
Trophy Best New World Pinot Noir Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition 2010
Gold Medal Selections Mondiales des vins Canada 2011
Gold Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2011
Silver Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010
Silver Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2010
Silver Medal Southern Hemisphere International Wine and Spirit Competition 2011
4 Stars Winestate Magazine
5 Stars Winecurrent.com
91/100 Independent Wine Review

"The 2009 Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir is an impressive example of a Pinot Noir that straddles the "old" and "new worlds" admirably." The Independent Wine Review 
 www.independent-wine-review.com May 2013

"This hand-harvested, small-batch-fermented beauty oozes charm and touches of elegance. Dark toast, exotic spice and rhubarb/strawberry compote on the nose, it bathes the palate with rich, spice-laden flavour-tangy cranberry, ripe cherry and vibrant black currant wreathed in savoury herbs and fine grained tannin. It's well balanced and nicely structured with a memorable, lingering finish." Vic Harradine www.winecurrent.com January 2013

"I have not tried a better Pinot Noir from New Zealand in a long time and certainly not at this price.  It is a touch fuller than it's little sister, with sweeter cherries and some tart raspberry coming off the nose.  Plum with some savoury and spicy flavours emerge with an earthy element that is dark, yet not dominating.  Christine has managed to embrace the spirit of Burgundy yet keep the wine definitely Kiwi.  96pts" Peter Wood The Tasting Note February 2011

"Aged for 11 months in French oak barrels, 25% new, the 2009 Pinot Noir offers a pale ruby-purple color and notes of warm cranberries, red currant and cherry compote over aromas of black pepper, cedar, cloves and violets. Full bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, it has a good backbone of crisp acid and medium level of grainy tannins, finishing long and a little warm, with the cedar poking through a bit. Drink it now to 2015." Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2011. 89 points

"When you hear about a wine winning award after award overseas, you wonder how it will stack up when you taste it in its homeland amongst its peers. Well, it seems the gongs were justified. The wine in question came top in my book too – both in the initial tasting and again with the food that was put on the table." Sue Courtney, Wine of the Week, 8th August 2011. To read the full review click here

 "Lovely cherry and berry fruits here. Textured with some savoury, spicy complexity and a warm finish. Real elegance and good concentration of flavour. 92/100" www.wineanorak.com July 2011

"A beautiful drive from the southern tip of New Zealand's North Island and the city of Wellington brings you to Martinborough and the Wairarapa winemaking region. This lesser-known (although not deservedly) region is making some phenomenal Pinot Noirs like this one.  A fantastic Pinot Noir that offers sweet, ripe raspberries, cherries, cedar and undertones of beet greens and pepper. The palate is silky, the fruit here is a bit darker and richer - there is plenty of coffee and spice flavours with hints of licorice. The finish is long and smooth - very impressive!"
Daenna Van Mulligen www.winediva.ca June 2011

"Another delicious vintage of pinot noir from the Wairarapa estate, this is silky and refined, with layers of tangy cherry fruit, savoury gamey strands, lifted rose-like florals and exotic spice." NZ Herald April 2011

"Grown in the northern Wairarapa, this is a substantial yet highly approachable red. Ruby-hued, it is mouthfilling and supple, with fresh, cherry and spice aromas and flavours, complex, savoury and supple. Drink now or cellar." Michael Cooper, NZ Listener Jan 2011

"Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir has had great success over the past several vintages, winning gold medals and trophies. The label can stand as an equal among the leaders from Martinborough if one wishes to make that comparison. Light ruby red with some garnet to the colour, this has an excellent, up-front, but elegant nose of ripe red fruits intermixed with florals and a savoury note. Quite classical in a Wairarapa style, the ripe, gamey, red fruitiness is well-supported by fine-grained, supple tannins that provide a silkiness of texture. Extremely drinkable now, this will develop over the next 4-6 years, during which it should merit a 5 star rating.  18.0+/20" Raymond Chan December 2010

"What a wine, Jim. I absolutely adore this wine.  It's easy to see why this swoon inducing pinot is already winning trophies. I couldn't fault it..."  Yvonne Lorkin on Afternoons with Jim Mora, Radio New Zealand, Friday 17 December 2010.  To hear the full review, click here.
 
"Gladstone Vineyard are well-known for their elegantly framed complex Pinots. This 2009 offering is an outstanding wine with the usual poise and complexity together with extra richness and density, displaying dark cherry, spice, dried herb and subtle savoury mushroom characters on the nose. The palate is succulent and velvety with excellent mid palate weight and beautifully polished tannins. At its best: now to 2016. 5 Stars 94/100" www.wineorbit.co.nz

"Subtle forest floor aromas are overtaken by the sweet, ripe fruit in the palate. There are also some interesting spicy notes and well integrated tannins and balanced oak. Fulsome and well made. 4 Stars" www.tizwine.com

12,000 MILES PINOT NOIR 2009

Gold Medal Royal Easter Show 2011
Top 100 and Blue-Gold Medal Sydney International Wine Competition 2010
Silver Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010
Silver Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2010
4.5 Stars Winestate Magazine

"Nicely aromatic with savoury, spicy notes and cherry fruit. The palate has appealing red berry and cherry fruit with some spiciness and a lively finish, together with subtle green notes. An elegant style. 91/100" www.wineanorak.com July 2011

"Ripe and fragrant, the bouquet displays red/black cherry, plum and spice characters with a touch of savoury mushroom. The palate is elegantly fruited and textured with a smooth mouthfeel and gentle tannins. A pleasing Pinot with excellent varietal expression. At its best: now to 2013. 4 Stars 87/100" www.wineorbit.co.nz

"...sweet, spicy fruit on the nose and a more savoury, plummy style in the palate. This style is complimented by chalky tannins and a healthy acidity to create a bold, full bodied wine that works especially well with food. 4 Stars Best Buy" www.tizwine.com

GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2008

Gold Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2010
Gold Medal International Wine Challenge London 2010
Silver Medal Royal Easter Wine Show 2010
Silver Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2009
4 Stars Cuisine Magazine November 2009
4 Stars Winestate Magazine May 2010

"Lovely, smoky bacon and vegetal character. Soft, quivering mid palate. Lots of fruit delivery and lovely tannins. Excellent expression of Pinot." International Wine Challenge judges May 2010

"Immediately appealing supple spiced cherry fruit, florals and nuances of chocolate are underpinned by an attractive freshness and complex lingering notes of mineral and toasty roasted spice in this intense and well-structured pinot from another good Gladstone estate." NZ Herald Viva Magazine April 2010

"Dense, fruity wine with Black Doris plum, violet and spicy oak flavours. Rich, mouth-filling Pinot Noir with an impressively lingering finish. Serious wine with potential. Four Stars."  Bob Campbell 2009

"Gladstone's cellar door is always worth a visit, especially with releases like this coming onstream. Perfumed and intense, it wowed the panel, especially Kate Radburnd who thought it "seamless". "The acidity gives it spice and lift," noted John Belsham. " Cuisine Magazine November 2009

"Also delicious, the 2008 Pinot Noir, a great balance between pure red berry fruit and serious structure - very well priced also" Amy Wislocki, Decanter 22 January 2010

"The 2008 Pinot Noir is a gorgeous follow-on from the multi-gold winning 2006 release. Made from fruit from Gladstone Vineyard's own blocks at Dakins Road and Bideford (plus a small amount from Te Muna Road!), this was cold soaked and fermented with 20% whole berries to 14.2% alc, the wine was aged for 10 months in 30% new French oak. The result is an elegantly sized wine with soft ruby colour, and a beautifully ethereal nose of florals, black and red fruits and spicy fragrances. The wine is lush and supple, and nuances of flavour unfold in the glass. The tannins are refined and there is sufficient structure to enable 6-8 years cellaring." Raymond Chan, Regional Wines and Spirits March 2010

"Finely scented, the 2008 vintage (4 stars) was hand-picked at Gladstone and matured for 10 months in French oak casks (30 per cent new.) A graceful, elegant rather than powerful style, it is intensely varietal, with vibrant, cherryish flavours, hints of herbs and spices, fresh acidity and supple tannins. Showing good, savoury complexity, it's a drink-now or cellaring proposition." Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2011

12,000 MILES PINOT NOIR 2008

Silver Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2009
4 Stars and Best Buy wine Tizwine.com August 2010

"...Gladstone's 12,000 Miles Pinot Noir 2008 ($24.95) is all cherries and bacon on the nose, with a nostalgic hint of raisin packet. Beautifully weighted. Superb food wine. While fresh, it has enough structure to hold its own against any meal. We had it with an antipasto plate of rocket, boccocini, prosciutto and a liberal pour of picual olive oil." Capital Times Wine of the week, July 2009

GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2007

Wairarapa Pinot Noir Trophy and Gold Medal International Wine Challenge London 2009
Gold Medal New Zealand International Wine Competition 2008
Silver Medal Royal Easter Wine Show 2009
Silver Medal Liquorland Top 100 2008
Silver Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008

"... vivid fraise du bois perfume, polished veneer of oak vanilla and textured rich raspberry and mulberry fruitiness leaves a satisfying, lingering traces of berry and spice on the palate." Anthony Rose, Anthony Rose Blog, November 2008

"17/20. Drink 2008-10. Rich and round and a hint of coffee - good luscious fruit on the mid palate. Gladstone is a very serious producer, clearly."
Jancis Robson, Tasting Lea and Sandeman, London October, 2008

"Lovely vivid, fresh, pure sappy berry and cherry fruit nose. Great purity. Sweet, pure, fresh cherry fruit palate with real richness and depth. This is brilliant. 93/100"
wineanorak.com

12,000 MILES PINOT NOIR 2007

Gold Medal Liquorland Top 100 Competition 2008
Silver Medal Mondial du Pinot Noir Switzerland 2008 Silver Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2006

Gold Medal Mondial du Pinot Noir Switzerland 2007
Gold Medal Royal Easter Show 2008
Five stars Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2014

"In a vertical tasting of the 2005–2011 vintages, held in March 2013, the star was the rich, multi-faceted 2006 [5*], drinking superbly now."   Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2014

GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2005

Gold Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006

GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2004

Blue-Gold Award Sydney International Wine Competition 2006

PINOT GRIS

GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT GRIS 2016

Silver Royal Easter Show 2017
4 Stars Raymond Chan 
3.5 Stars Yvonne Lorkin

"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." Raymond Chan June 2017

"Aged on its yeast lees (what's left over once the yeast finishes fermenting), this Wairarapa-grown gris is deliciously dry, lean, clean and shows an edge of apple skin, nashi juice and white pepper.  There's a splash of citrus on the finish and it's got some good persistence on the palate.  Grown organically and clearly there's love shown in the winery, it's a crisp, snappy white to help you womp through the winter months." Yvonne Lorkin June 2017

GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT GRIS 2015

Silver International Wine Challenge 2016
90/100 4.5 Stars Sam Kim Wine Orbit April 2016
4 Stars Michael Cooper May 2016
4 Stars Raymond Chan April 2016
90 points Cameron Douglas Master Sommelie

"An attractive  bouquet of fresh and ripe tree fruits led by pear and poached orchard fruits, Asian white fruits, a touch of tropical and plenty of honeysuckle, a light silty soil and white pepper layer add depth. On the palate - juicy, fruity, fresh and forward with flavours of white spiced tree fruits, honeysuckle and a light lees note; medium+ (ish) acidity, lovely balance and finish. Drink now and through 2017." Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier 

"A nicely textured wine, full in palate weight without being overbearing. Flavours sit nicely in the spice spectrum rather than fruity spectrum, that honey character raises its head again with firm quince flavoured spiciness is enhanced by firm acidity in the finish. This is a serious Pinot Gris, designed to be enjoyed with food." Neil Hodgson 

"Bright, moderately deep straw-yellow colour with light golden hues. The nose is fresh and clean with pure and delicately nuanced aromas of white stonefruits and white florals, nuances of honeysuckle, and pears. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features gently rich flavours of white stonefruits, exotic florals, pears and honeysuckle which exude a subtle succulence. The mouthfeel is soft and finely textured with integrated acidity providing subtle linearity and tension. The wine flows harmoniously and smoothly to a light, lingering finish with honied elements. This is a smooth-flowing, gentle, dryish Pinot Gris with delicately rich stonefruit, pear and honied flavours. Match with Asian fare over the next 3 years." Raymond Chan April 2016

"Elegant yet flavoursome, this likable pinot gris shows lifted aromas of white stone fruit, poached pear, apple blossom and lemon peel on the nose. The palate is ripe, rounded and silky, and displays lovely focus and texture, leading to a persistent juicy finish. At its best: now to 2019." Sam Kim Wine Orbit April 2016

12,000 MILES PINOT GRIS 2015

88/100 4 Stars Sam Kim Wine Orbit April 2016

"Beautifully ripe and fragrant, the bouquet shows peach, fresh pear and floral characters with subtle spice complexity. The palate is equally appealing with succulent mouthfeel and smooth texture, nicely framed by gentle acidity. A lovely everyday wine. At its best: now to 2018." Sam Kim Wine Orbit April 2016

GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT GRIS 2014

Wine Orbit 90/100 points

" This is an elegant expression showing delicate flavours and lovely poise. The inviting bouquet shows peach, mandarin and floral with subtle savoury complexity. It's ripe and finely textured on the palate with a lingering juicy finish. A fabulous dry style offering plenty of appeal. At its best: now to 2018." 4.5 Stars 90/100. Wine Orbit January 2015

"A crowd-pleaser, especially during sultry summer months. An excellent choice for people who want a white wine that's not sauvignon or chardonnay, it is suited to an eclectic range of foods. This has all you want - white peach, pear, apricot and almond with musky and floral aromas. Lovely and inexpensive." NZ Herald Canvas February 2015

12,000 MILES PINOT GRIS 2014 

Silver Medal NZ International Wine Show 2014

JEALOUS SISTERS PINOT GRIS 2014 

Bronze Medal Sommelier Wine Awards 2015


GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT GRIS 2013

Silver Medal San Francisco International Wine Competition 2014
Wine Orbit 82/100 points

"With six months on lees, a very enjoyable Pinot Gris, tasting ripe and flavoursome with good balance.  Just off dry. Some richness developing in the bottle. A brand which seems to get better each year. Enjoy into 2016." Peter Saunders, February 2014

"The aroma is fleshy and ripe with fruit salad notes that are rich, supported by a savouriness that is almost meaty. The palate is European in style; it has a slight earthiness, dry with fresh figs, and spiciness. Of course there's also lots of lovely, sweet, ripe peachiness that washes across the palate. This well- crafted wine finishes with excellent definition and some off-dry lychee flavour. A really lovely full-bodied wine to be savoured." Malborough Express, July 2014

12,000 MILES PINOT GRIS 2013

Bronze Medal Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2013
3.5 Stars Otago Daily Times April 2013

"Think apples and dried pears and you've got the bouquet sussed. Smooth-textured and rich without going over-the-top, this approachable white makes a great aperitif, but it also sits happily alongside a wide range of foods." Vic Williams, February 2014

"Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on rim. The nose is fresh and bright with lifted white floral and white stonefruit aromas, the bouquet clean and pure in expression, lifted by honeysuckle nuances and esters. Dry to taste and light-bodied, tight, fresh and clean flavours of florals and stonefruits are lifted with honeysuckle flavours and minerally elements. The mouthfeel is very fine-featured and crisp, with good acid detail underlining the fruit, and the flavours flow with balance and harmony, leading to a light, dry and mouthwatering finish. This is a pure, crisp and dry Pinot Gris with floral and aromatic lift. Serve as an aperitif, with seafood and canapés over the next 2+ years. 16.5/20 3 stars" Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz December 2013

GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT GRIS 2012

Silver Medal Royal Easter Wine Show 2013
Bronze Medal Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2013
Commended- International Wine Challenge 2013
4 Stars Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2014
4 Stars Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2014 
4.5 Stars Wine Orbit March 2013

"Mouthfilling and smooth, it is rich and sweet-fruited, in a full-bodied, fractionally off-dry style (4.8 grams/litre of residual sugar) with ripe peach and lychee flavours, showing excellent depth and harmony. Drink now or cellar."  Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2014

"Lychee, ginger spice, fleshy white pears. Middle weight, tangy acid core, lemony flavours mingle with ripe fruit. Distinct savoury finish. Like it. 90/100"  Gary Walsh, WinefrontNZ.com January 2014 

"Toast and smokiness with ripe tropical fruit and pepper. Hint of earth. Crisp and clean, light flavours, touch of savouriness with a tart, tangy finish. Phenolics are complex and interesting, but flavour is sort of lacking in a way. Still, it bristles with good energy and drinkability, in its simple frame. 89/100" Mike Bennie, WinefrontNZ.com January 2014 

"A beautifully expressed pinot gris showing elegant aromas of floral, pear, white peach and pear. It's succulent and finely textured on the palate with bright acidity and an appealing linear finish. A lovely dry-style showing fine balance and crisp mouthfeel." Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, www.wineorbit.co.nz  March 2013

12,000 MILES PINOT GRIS 2012

Bronze Medal Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2013
3.5 Stars Otago Daily Times, April 2013

" Chicken twistee savoury, pineapple, lemon tang. Medium weight, attractive chalky texture, firm acidity and a tangy/savoury finish. 89/100"  Gary Walsh, WinefrontNZ.com January 2014 "Slate-like minerality over stone fruit, grass and ginger. Has some opulence in the palate but finishes tight and squeaky. Fresh, youthful and fine drinking. Touch of sourness through the finish, but offers high refreshment factor. Simple things done well. 89/100" Mike Bennie, WinefrontNZ.com January 2014 "A very drinkable pinot gris, mouth-filling with attractive flavours hinting of ripe pears and creamy nuts, an oily texture and a lively, long finish." Charmain Smith, Otago Daily Times, April 2013

12,000 MILES PINOT GRIS 2011

Silver Medal NZ International Wine Show 2014

"Delicate, light and dry-ish wine in a pretty Pinot Grigio style. Subtle pear and nutty yeast lees flavours. Very drinkable, a good example of its style" 85/100 Bob Campbell, www.bobcampbellwinereviews.com, February 2012

"Very pale-straw yellow with youthful pale green hues to the colour. Quite delicate in aroma, this shows lifted pears, perfumes and fresh fermentation esters on the nose. Dry and medium-weighted on palate, the palate shows subtle lifted pear, white florals and elements of spice. The wine flows with good line and fine, smooth textures, but has good tension and freshness from the acidity. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern seafood and poultry dishes over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the 'Boyd', 'Dakins Road' and 'Winery' blocks stainless-steel fermented to 13.2% alc. and 3.53 g/L rs, the wine spending 2 months on lees. 16.0/20" Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz August 2011

GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT GRIS 2010

Silver Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2012
Silver Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2011
Silver Medal Royal Easter Show 2011
Silver Medal Southern Hemisphere Wine and Spirit Competition 2011
Bronze Medal Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Comeptition 2011

"15% of the 2010 Pinot Gris was barrel fermented in older French oak and aged for 4 months in oak. It displays pronounced notes of ripe apricots and poached pears with hints of spiced apple slices and clover honey. Full bodied and dry with a touch of residual sugar (6 grams per liter), it fills the mouth with spiced pear and apple flavors, finishing long. Drinking now, it should remain good through 2013." Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2011 87 points

"Nicely textured with some herbal notes. Grapey and lively with good acidity and a fresh finish, with a hint of sweetness. 90/100" www.wineanorak.com July 2011

"A lovely pure expression of the variety displaying pear, white peach and floral characters on the nose. The palate is focused and pristine with elegant texture and well balanced acidity. A beautifully balanced and poised wine showing pleasing flavours. At its best: now to 2013. 86/100 4 stars." Sam Kim, http://www.wineorbit.co.nz/ May 2011

"Some dried apricots, rose petals and pear shoot up your nose but it is the palate that pleased me the most.  It starts off with a bit of weight to the body, a tiny amount of sweetness with melon pith flavours and some white pepper.  You start to think 'oh no, it is going to be fat', but then the acid feeds in wonderfully to a nutty, minerally and beautifully clean finish.  This is a really good wine, precise and perfect.  93pts" Peter Wood The Tasting Note February 2011

GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT GRIS 2009

Bronze Medal Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Competition 2010

"This has to be cropped low (2.5–3 kg per vine) to get concentration of flavour. Attractive, rounded and grapey with some lovely herb and pear notes. Still fresh despite the richness. 90/100" www.wineanorak.com July 2011

"...these [Gladstone Vineyard] wines were the stars of the day for me, particularly the 2009 Pinot Gris (juicy, pear flavours, with structure)" Amy Wislocki, Decanter 22 January 2010

"Full-bodied, distinctly Alsace-style pinot gris, invitingly perfumed, with ripe stonefruit and spice flavours, rich and rounded.  Already delicious.  4.5 Stars." Michael Cooper, Listener June 12 2010

"This Pinot Gris, one of New Zealand's best, is a more exuberant wine – spicy and floral with succulent, peachy fruit, a gentle nutty flavour and citrus freshness." Joanna Simon, Wine of the Week Joanna Simon on wine and food, 20 August 2010

"A truly dry Pinot Gris with delicate tree fruit flavours showing an attractive savoury edge from contact with the yeast lees. A restrained and attractive food wine. 85/100" Bob Campbell Bobwinereviews.com 2010

"The 2009 vintage (4½ stars) is one of the finest yet. Grown in the northern Wairarapa, it was hand-picked and mostly fermented and lees-aged in tanks, but 30 per cent of the blend was fermented and matured in old French barrels. Beautifully scented, it is rich and finely textured, with concentrated stonefruit and spice flavours, complexity from the subtle oak handling and a deliciously smooth, dry finish (4.6 grams/litre of residual sugar). It's already drinking well." Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2011

12,000 MILES PINOT GRIS 2009

Silver Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2010

GLADSTONE VINEYARD PINOT GRIS 2008

Silver Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2009
Bronze Medal International Wine Show 2009
Bronze Medal Royal Easter Wine Show 2009

"Developing well, the 2008 vintage was mostly fermented and lees-aged for five months in tanks, but 30 per cent of the blend was barrel-fermented. It's a fleshy wine with ripe stonefruit and spice aromas and flavours, a slightly creamy texture, good richness and a smooth, dryish finish (4.9 grams/litre of residual sugar)." Michael Cooper, June 2010

12,000 MILES PINOT GRIS 2008

Highly Commended Sydney International Wine Competition 2009

SAUVIGNON BLANC

12,000 MILES SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016

4.5 stars/90 points Wine Orbit
4 stars/87 points Cameron Douglas

"Pungent and fruity bouquet with aromas of fresh herbs and ripe orchard fruits particularly apple and grapefruit, a light mineral note adds some depth and charm. On the palate – light, fresh, crisp and dry with flavours that suggest citrus and apple with some grapefruit and tropical notes, fresh herbs and a mild finish." Cameron Douglas

GLADSTONE VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015

5 Stars Cameron Douglas
Silver International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016
Silver NZ International Wine Show 2016
4 Stars Raymond Chan
4 Stars/87 points Wine Orbit
Bronze International Wine Challenge 2017 
Bronze Royal Easter Show 2017

"Great bouquet of SB as it reflects its origins with a silty mineral layer weaving through ripe tree and citrus fruit aromas, a gentle herb and tropical fruit note. On the palate – dry, fresh and mineral laden with a silty stony layer within the ripe fruit flavours, citrus then apple then peach. Plenty of acidity leads to a crisp and dry finish." Cameron Douglas

"This is a soft, gently full, oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with green stonefruit, savoury herb and nutty notes, and rounded mouthfeel and textures." Raymond Chan

"Fresh and delicately fragrant, the bouquet shows grapefruit, green apple, nectarine and sweet basil notes. The palate is finely textured and vibrant, and delivers elegant fruit intensity and bright acidity, leading to a mouth-watering finish. The wine is linear and lingering, and should go beautifully with fresh seafood dishes." Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

12,000 MILES SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015

4.5 stars/90 points Wine Orbit

"This is a taut and tightly held, dry-textured Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, tropical fruit and fresh herb flavours with thirst-quenching acidity.Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

GLADSTONE VINEYARD RESERVE SOPHIE'S CHOICE 2014

4.5 stars Michael Cooper
4.5 stars/92 points Bob Campbell
4.5 stars/91 points Wine Orbit
4 Stars Raymond Chan 

"Fragrant, full-bodied wine with vibrant tropical-fruit flavours, a gentle seasoning of oak and excellent ripeness, depth and complexity." Michael Cooper NZ Listener January 2016

"Wow, $35 for a sauvignon blanc. That's a big-time price and in a way immediately affects how you approach this very select Wairarapa wine. You know it won't be the usual stainless-steel-vat zing--fest from Marlborough. What you get is a big, creamy, polished, subtle wine from French oak barrel fermentation and ageing. It's mouthfilling and I found a whisper of lemon among other muted pinot gris-type flavours. It's a food wine. It's a winemaker's wine. It's different. It's worth trying for those reasons." Ewan Sargent, Dominion Post November 2015

"This is an elegantly concentrated, oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with fresh green stonefruits and nutty, spicy notes. Match with herb-marinated poultry, pork and veal dishes over the next 2-3 years. 130 cases made.17.5/20 4 Stars" Raymond Chan Wine Reviews November 2015 

GLADSTONE VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014

Gold Medal TheFiftyBest.com April 2016
Silver Medal International Wine Challenge 2015
4 stars/87 points Wine Orbit

"This is a light, accessible Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry and tropical fruit flavours and an easy flowing palate. Serve with Pacific Rim and Asian fare over the next 2 years.16.5/20 3 Stars" Raymond Chan Wine Reviews November 2015 

12,000 MILES SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014

Bronze Medal Easter Show Wine Awards February 2015
90 points Wine Orbit 

 "Lovely fragrance on the nose; aromas of feijoa, grapefruit, lime zest and dill lead to a flavoursome palate that is intensely juicy and lively. The wine shows excellent fruit purity and finishes long and attractive. At its best: now to 2017." 4.5 Stars 90/100. Wine Orbit January 2015

"Quite a fruity bouquet with peach, citrus and a suggestion of cape gooseberry; mild grassy/herbaceous layer and simple minerality; overall quite vibrant and attractive. On the palate - just dry with a gentle almost creamy texture; this is contrasted by a refreshing acid line that highlights the fruit attributes and minerality; medium weight and a medium+ finish. Balanced and well made. 4 Stars" Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier February 2015

GLADSTONE VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013

Silver Medal San Francisco International Wine Competition 2014
Silver Medal  Sélections Mondiales des Vins Canada 2014
Silver Medal NZ International Wine Show 2014
Bronze Medal Decanter Asia Awards 2014
Pure Bronze Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014
Commended International Wine Challenge 2014
Wine Orbit 91/100 points

12,000 MILES SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013

Wine Orbit 88/100 points

" Smoke and ripe, sweaty tropical fruit characters find their way into the bouquet, touch broad there, but sunny and happy kind of feel. Touch of butteriness to texture, richness and a hint of nutty/mealiness in the mix for complexity. Tastes on the shy side of halva nuttiness but shows bright fruit personality too. FInishes sweet with brisk candied citrus acidity. Yeah. 87/100"   Mike Bennie,  WinefrontNZ.com January 2014   
"...for those who love sauvignon with attitude, this is perfect - think granny smith apples, grapefruit and guava with slices of lemon peel. A crisp, fresh and flavoursome wine." John Hawkesby NZ Herald Canvas, November 2013

"From Gladstone Vineyard, the 2012 vintage (3*) was grown in the northern Wairarapa, lees-aged in tanks for two months, and bottled early. Fermented to full dryness, it is very fresh and vibrant, with tangy melon, capsicum and lime flavours, showing good delicacy, and a mouth-wateringly crisp finish. The 2013 vintage (3*) is similar - an appetisingly fresh and crisp, medium-bodied style with lively, ripe melon/lime flavours, dry and tangy."  3 Stars Michael Cooper  

"Brilliant pale straw-yellow with slight green hues, pale on rim. The nose is fresh with soft gooseberry fruit aromas along with nuances of passionfruit and green stonefruits, lifted by delicate esters. Dry to taste, this has a gentle core of passionfruit, tropical fruits and herbs along with floral notes. A soft-textured phenolic line carries the flavours and the palate has soft acidity providing good freshness. The mouthfeel has balance and the flavours lead to a dry, light finish. This is a light, subtle, passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with a soft mouthfeel and aromatic detail. Serve as an aperitif and with seafood and poultry over the next 2 years." 16.5/20 3 Stars Raymond Chan October 2013

"A slightly reserved and lean expression with a bouquet reflecting grapefruit and gooseberry with a light mineral notes which adds complexity. The flavors on the palate reflect the citrus and mineral highlights on the nose; a nicely dry wine with an easy texture, medium+ acidity and length; balanced and well made." 3 Stars Cameron Douglas December 2013

GLADSTONE VINEYARD RESERVE SOPHIE'S CHOICE 2012

Silver Medal Spiegelau International Wine Competition
Wine Orbit 93/100 points
91/100 Bob Campbell Wine Reviews

"An excellent example of barrel-fermented and matured Sauvignon Blanc with pineapple, guava and melon fruit flavours contrasting nicely with nutty, bran biscuit characters. Very impressive richness and weight with a lengthy finish. A class act." Bob Campbell

GLADSTONE VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012

Bronze Medal International Wine Challenge 2013
Bronze Medal Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2012
Commended Decanter World Wine Awards 2013

"Very pale straw colour with slight green hues, very pale on rim. This has a very fresh, tight and elegant nose, the bouquet pristine and pure with aromas of white florals, limes and apples. Dry to taste, the palate is elegant in proportion, showing tightly bound and subtle flavours of florals, gooseberries and minerals. The palate flows with fine acidity and tension, bringing a delicate liveliness to the mouthfeel. A refined core and palate line leads to a long finish with restrained fruit nuances. A refined and pristine Sauvignon Blanc, this is stylishly subtle, and will be a match with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese dishes over the next 2-3 years. 17.5+/20" Raymond Chan September 2012

12,000 MILES SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012

Bronze Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2013

"Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on rim. The nose is softly voluminous with aromas of savoury gooseberry, capsicum and herb aromas. Dry to taste, this is tightly packed with deep flavours of gooseberry fruit. The palate is soft in texture with slippery acidity, enhancing the up-front expression. The fruit is uncomplicated and has a dryness in its expression and carries through to a fulsome, textural finish. This is a dry, soft and flavoursome Sauvignon Blanc to serve with antipasto over the next 2 years. 16.0+/20" Raymond Chan September 2012

GLADSTONE VINEYARD RESERVE SOPHIE'S CHOICE 2011

Gold Medal Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2012 Silver Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2012 Silver Medal International Wine and Spirit Competition 2012

Four stars Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2014

"Full-bodied and well-rounded, with ripe tropical-fruit flavours, gently seasoned with French oak, it has a slightly creamy texture and excellent concentration and harmony." Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2014

 "Full straw-yellow colour with some depth, light golden hues at heart. The bouquet is full, intense and densely concentrated with aromas of ripe nectarines interwoven with spicy oak, unfolding to reveal a complex nutty, citrus and herb amalgam. Dry and full-bodied, densely packed fruit flavours form a concentrated and weighty core with flavours of nectarines and tropical fruits, dark herbs, spices and nuts. This is smooth and slightly creamy in texture showing the barrel-ferment, with soft acidity in the background. The flavours of spicy oak and fruit blossom and linger on a long, textural and dry finish. This is a full-bodied, complex and textural, oak-fermented Sauvignon Blanc packed with flavour. Serve with herb-marinated poultry and pork dishes. 150 cases made. 18.5/20" Raymond Chan September 2012

"The weighty, complex, 2011 vintage was grown in the northern Wairarapa and lees-aged in oak for 10 months. Full-bodied and well-rounded, with tropical-fruit flavours, gently seasoned with French oak, it has a slightly creamy texture and excellent concentration and harmony." 4 Stars Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2013

GLADSTONE VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2011

Bronze Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2011
Bronze Medal Southern Hemisphere International Wine and Spirit Competition 2011
Bronze Medal Royal Easter Wine Show 2012
Bronze Medal Hong Kong International Wine Show 2011

"The 2011 vintage (3*) was grown in the northern Wairarapa. Tasted in October 2011, it showed mouthfilling body and crisp, bone-dry flavours of passionfruit and lime, but was still settling down" 3 stars, Michael Cooper, Buyers Guide to NZ Wine, March 2012

"...There is some attractive fruit - melon, mango and lime - coming off the nose and the palate has a bit of weight with melon pith and gooseberry coming through.  It is very well made but the acid comes to the fore just a touch.  It needs the time and it will be great. 90pts at least!" Peter Wood The Tasting Note February 2012

"... made using riper fruit picked from older blocks. There's also more lees influence, and a portion has been fermented in barrels and blended into the final wine. It's almost floral on the nose, with a mealy nuance, a very textural palate and savoury notes on the finish." Rebecca Taylor Capital Times 28th September 2011

"Very pale straw colour with youthful green hues, this has a very fine and tightly bound nose, somewhat shy at present, showing delicately pungent passionfruit and mineral aromas with good intensity, lift and cut. Dry on palate, steely gooseberry and passionfruit flavours are lifted by fermentation esters. There is good depth and a tight core to the wine, and youthful acid raciness provides brightness. A fine textural thread leads to a dry finish. This will develop more richness over the summer months and be a match with shellfish, salads and vegetables over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the 'Dakins Road', 'Carters' and 'Winery' blocks stainless-steel fermented at different temperatures to 13.9% alc. and dryness, the wine kept on lees." 17.5/20 Raymond Chan www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz September 2011

12,000 MILES SAUVIGNON BLANC 2011

 Bronze Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2011 

"...green apple aromas, some subtle lime and a tiny amount of elderflower.  On the palate, there is a balance of minerals, citrus and some crisp apple once again.  With well balanced acidity this is a wine that Marlborough lovers will hate but Sancerre devotees should gobble up.  Very tasty.  89pts" Peter Wood The Tasting Note February 2011

"This northern Wairarapa white puts the 'F' in fresh and succeeds as a lighter than usual sauvignon blanc for those times when a bright vibrant white is wanted for freshness as much as fruity flavours."Joelle Thompson Dominion Post Wine Column, January 2011

"The 12 000 Miles range is built around an easy drinking philosophy where the wines are crafted to be fruit forward, expressive and just as enjoyable with or without food. This shows plenty of aromatics and tropical notes on the nose, but these are underpinned by pungency. It's actually quite broad in the mouth (from a bit of lees influence) with friendly acidity." Rebecca Taylor Capital Times 28th September 2011

"Very pale-straw yellow with hues of green, pale on edge. This has a fresh, elegant nose with moderate depth and intensity, showing clear-cut English gooseberry and garden herb aromas. Dry to taste, this is tightly bound with a core of gooseberry, herb and green apple fruit flavours alongside crisp, zesty and slippery acidity. While a little restrained in expression at present, there is good weight and vinosity. Fruit from the estate 'Carters' and 'Boyd' vineyards cool-fermented to 13.8% alc. and dryness, the wine given some lees stirring. Serve with Mediterranean cuisine over the next 2+ years. 16.5/20" Raymond Chan www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz August 2011

GLADSTONE VINEYARD SOPHIE'S CHOICE 2010

Gold - Concours Mondial du Sauvignon in Bordeaux 2012
4 Stars Winestate Magazine June 2012

"Barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc, made by and sold by a Scot. Named after her golden retriever of 14 years standing. Pale copper colour. Very well judged oak and really appetising fruit. Relatively rich but bone dry. I am rarely a fan of oaked NZ Sauvignon but this one surprised me. How fortunate that I'm about to have English asparagus! Quite delicate but with a good core of ripe fruit.  Should last pretty well. Shame only 150 cases are made..." 17/20 Jancis Robinson May 2012

"From estate-grown, 25-year-old vines in the northern Wairarapa, the 2010 vintage (3.5*) was hand-picked, French oak-fermented and barrel-aged for 11 months. The bouquet is creamy and toasty; the palate is rich and slightly buttery, in a Chardonnay-like style that shows considerable development. " 3.5 Stars Michael Cooper, Buyers Guide to NZ Wines, March 2012

"Gladstone's flagship Sauvignon Blanc lives up to its exalted status delivering complexity and a great texture. Barrel fermentation and maturation has added layers of savoury nutty flavours to quite concentrated tree fruit characters. Rich and satisfying Sauvignon Blanc. Great food wine." 89/100 Bob Campbell, www.bobcampbellwinereview.com, December 2011

" It's as yellow as its Golden Retriever namesake.  The late Sophie spent 14 years chasing birds, eating the grapes which fell from the crusher and bludging food from customers in the café.  She's much missed but this wine will leave a lasting impression.  Smooth, creamy mango, dried herbs and green tea aromas followed by deliciously complex flavours of marzipan, white peach and toasted nuts lead to a lovely, textural finish." Yvonne Lorkin, yvonnelorkin.com December 2011

"Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, barrel fermented and aged in French oak for 11 months, the 2010 Sophies' Choice gives notes of tomato leaves and green apple juice over hints of capsicum, fresh peaches and grass. Full bodied and relatively rich in the mouth, it has a good line of crisp acidity cutting through the green flavors, finishing long and creamy. It's well made, if a slightly unorthodox style. Drink it now through 2013." Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2011 87 points "This limited release barrel fermented and barrel aged sauvignon blanc from a boutique Wairarapa vineyard deserves both its reserve status and price tag. A seductive textural weight in the mouth with soft toasted nut and passionfruit flavours, a touch of oak spice and just enough ripe acidity to make your mouth water for more, this wine will make you smile." Neil Hodgson Nelson Mail October 2011

"... this has had the most work done to it, and has been 100% barrel fermented, it has the broadest texture of the three and quite a different flavour profile. It's quite creamy, with lemon curd and stonefruit flavours and cashew nuts. This is a very food versatile wine." Rebecca Taylor Capital Times September 2011

"A wine named in tribute to the Kernohans' golden retriever 'Sophie'. Fruit from 25 y.o. vines from the 'Winery Block' WBP and fully-fermented in French oak to 14.7% alc., the wine aged 10 months in oak with lees stirring. Bright, pale golden-straw colour with a light edge, this has a full, solid and complex bouquet of ripe nectarine fruit aromas with savoury, smoky oak, quite concentrated and brooding. Dry and full-bodied, this features rich flavours of nectarines and herbs interwoven with subtle seasoned oak characters along with toastiness on the palate. Mouth-filling with rounded textures, there is excellent acid poise providing balance to the fruit depth. The finish is moderately sustained, with notes of herbs and nuts showing. A complex and flavoursome, sensitively handled, oak-influenced wine. Serve with grilled seafood, poultry and pork dishes over the next 3-4+ years. 150 cases made." 18.0-/20 Raymond Chan www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz September 2011

GLADSTONE VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2010

Gold Medal Selections Mondiales des vins Canada 2011

"Very fine, grassy, mineral nose. Fresh and aromatic with some riper notes. The palate is fresh with some green pepper and real minerality. Distinctive, linear style. 90/100" www.wineanorak.com July 2011

GLADSTONE VINEYARD SOPHIE'S CHOICE 2009

4½ stars Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2011

"Rich, nutty, peachy and lively with some nicely integrated oak. Bold and distinctive with nice richness and intensity. 90/100" www.wineanorak.com July 2011

"Rich and concentrated barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc with lush, ripe melon, tropical fruit and tree fruit flavours plus an influence of nutty oak. Big and quite gutsy white with character. 86/100 4 stars." Bob Campbell www.bobswinereviews.com June 2011

"The debut 2009 vintage is based on 24 year-old vines in the northern Wairarapa. Fermented and matured for 10 months in French oak barrels, it's still youthful. Weighty, complex and creamy-textured, it is fleshy, with concentrated, ripe, tropical fruit flavours seasoned with toasty oak and a finely textured, rounded finish. Drink 2011-12." Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2011

"Bright straw-yellow colour with light golden hues, this has a powerful and concentrated bouquet of smoky, toasty, nutty, quality oak with fresh herb nuances in the background.  Rich, powerfully flavoured and showing sensual textures from the barrel-ferment, the toasty, smoky, bacon-like oak dominates, but sweet herb and tropical fruit notes are underlying the palate, and in support is good acidity providing a fresh line of tension.  The mid and back palate show much more integration and the amalgam of oak and fruit suggests good development and emergence of the fruit over the next 3-4 years.  Serve with firm-textured seafood, especially paua, and pork dishes.  4 Stars 17.5+/20" Raymond Chan www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

GLADSTONE VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009

Silver Medal Concours Mondial du Sauvignon France June 2010
Bronze Medal Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Competition 2010
4 Stars Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2011

"Another grown-up wine, with rounded, confident flavours of apricot, plum, greengage and rhubarb, and an undercurrent of clay-like minerality." Simon Woods Drinking Outside the Box blog August 2010

"It's tightly framed and restrained in style, displaying lime zest, grapefruit and gentle herbaceous characters on the nose. The palate is taut and racy with firm acidity and a lingering crisp finish. An elegant expression of Sauvignon with lovely fine texture and a lengthy finish. At its best: now to 2013. 86/100, 4 Stars." Sam Kim, Wine Orbit January 2011

"Apart from the fish curry, the best thing we tasted all evening was a 2009 sauvignon blanc from Gladstone Vineyard, bursting with tropical fruit flavours, but also with an interesting minerality, and of course plenty of acid to cut through that rich Indian food.  But, Namastey being BYO, I'd brought along the bottle myself."  David Burton, The Dominion Post 5 June 2010

"Sweet herbs and freshly squeezed grapefruit flavours, nice easy style, softer and more food friendly than most, good palate weight and a long crisp finish." Vinote Wine Blog August 2010

"...delicate orange blossom, lemon juice, fresh herb and white peach aromas. Crisp, dry, medium bodied, it has just a bit more mid-palate weight than the 12,000 Miles label and the finish is long. Drink it now to 2012. 87/100" www.erobertparker.com

"The 2009 vintage was harvested in the northern Wairarapa and mostly handled in tanks; 5 percent of the blend was fermented and matured in French oak barrels. Ripely scented, it is mouthfilling and crisp, with fresh, ripe passionfruit, pineapple and lime flavours, showing good vigour and richness, and a finely balanced, lingering, dry finish." Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2011

12,000 MILES SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009

"...a solid, well priced effort offering a moderate intensity of lemon juice, straw and lemongrass aromas. Crisp, bone dry, medium bodied, there's a good amount of flavor concentration and a medium-long finish. Drink it now. 86/100" www.erobertparker.com

GLADSTONE VINEYARD SOPHIE'S CHOICE 2008

"This is an oaked Sauvignon Blanc. Deep yellow colour. Nice rich wine with smooth texture on the palate as well as some nuttiness. Very stylish, with a smooth, rounded fruity character. 90/100" www.wineanorak.com July 2011

"The wine has a lovely texture and intriguing flavours including white flowers, wet chalk minerality and a solid fruit core contributing to a longer finish.  4 stars."
Cameron Douglas, Hospitality Magazine, May 2010

"Sophie's Choice Sauvignon Blanc 2008 ($33) is 100% barrel-fermented and aged for 11 months in French oak. The experience is all pineapple and banana up front, then at the back of the tongue feijoa with a hint of ginger, with the rich creamy texture imparted by oak. Named after the family's retriever, she's a frisky drop, with long acids kicking in to make this the perfect accompaniment with duck and cumin soup. If you like chardonnay, you'll love this."  Capital Times, July 2009

GLADSTONE VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2008

"The complex and delicate bouquet displays green herb, cream and nutty characters. The palate is beautifully weighted and rounded with rich texture, bright acidity and an expansive finish. A very stylish and impressive Sauvignon with extra dimension. At its best: now to 2011. Excellent quality showing high level of concentration and balance. 90/100 4.5 stars." Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, September 2009

GLADSTONE VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2007

"16/20. Drink 2008-09. Particularly firm, dry Sauvignon with far more minerality than most New Zealand Sauvignon. Solid and muscular. "
Jancis Robson, Tasting Lea and Sandeman, London October, 2008

"More serious than many of the attractive Marlborough sauvignons, this hints of green fruits and melon, is textural and intense, with a lovely balance and crisp, dry finish. 4/5 Stars."
Otago Daily Times, April 2009

VIOGNIER

GLADSTONE VINEYARD VIOGNIER 2016

5 Stars Yvonne Lorkin
Silver Medal NZ International Wine Show 2016
4.5 Stars/91 points Wine Orbit
4 Stars Raymond Chan
Bronze Royal Easter Show 2017

"luxuriously tropical, it also hits that sweet spot of beautifully balanced, zingy acidity that so many viogniers never seem to achieve. I love it!" Yvonne Lorkin

"Elegantly and wonderfully fragrant on the nose displaying nectarine, apricot, lemon zest and floral characters with a hint of spice complexity. The palate delivers lovely fruit power and richness, while remaining balanced and poised, and finishes long and silky. The wine offers lovely fruit purity with subtle complexity, making it highly enjoyable." Sam Kim Wine Orbit 2016

"This is an elegant, but intense dry Viognier with exotic florals on a refreshing, firm and fine-textured palate." Raymond Chan 2016

GLADSTONE VINEYARD VIOGNIER 2015

90/100 4.5 Stars Sam Kim Wine Orbit April 2016

"An elegant rendition, the bouquet shows apricot, rockmelon, floral and lemon peel characters. The palate delivers juicy mouthfeel and silky texture, together with bright acidity, which provides excellent structure and length. The wine is refined and poised, and promises to develop beautifully. At its best: now to 2019." Sam Kim Wine Orbit April 2016

GLADSTONE VINEYARD VIOGNIER 2014

4 Stars Cuisine Magazine
4 Stars Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier
93/100 points Wine Orbit 

"This Wairarapa winery is one of the country's quiet achievers with the white grape viognier. Cameron Douglas enjoyed this wine's "floral tease" – classic orange blossom, ginger and herbal notes. In the mouth it is fresh, pure and charming." Cuisine Magazine August 2015

"A gorgeous expression of the variety, the perfumed bouquet shows apricot, mango and floral characters leading to succulent and rounded palate. The wine shows wonderful richness together with seamlessly integrated acidity and harmony, finishing beautifully long and delicious. At its best: now to 2018." 5 Stars 93/100. Wine Orbit January 2015

"A distinctive mix of fruit and floral Viognier attributes make the nose of this wine attractive and inviting: peach and sweet grapefruit, yellow florals and silty soil mineral notes. On the palate - dry, fruity, warm and appealing. Medium+ acidity and moderate weight along with stone fruit, citrus and honey flavors this is a smart choice alternative to Pinot Gris and even Chardonnay. Balanced and well made with a moderate if not a little warm finish. 4 Stars" Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier February 2015 


GLADSTONE VINEYARD VIOGNIER 2011

Silver Medal Royal Easter Wine Show 2012
4 Stars Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2012
4 Stars Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2014

"Weighty, fresh and dry, it's a youthful, refined wine with ripe peach and pear flavours showing excellent delicacy and depth"  Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide 2014

" A stunning wine with lovely apricot, jasmine, peach and mandarin peel aromas, followed by a deliciously clean, crisp and juicy explosion of stonefruit and spice flavours. Sensational stuff!
Yvonne Lorkin, Festive Food & Wine, December 2012

""...On the nose its very floral with stone fruit character, a bit of orange peel... When you drink it it's soft and supple with gentle, gentle oiliness, savoury aftertaste. It's a wine with a gentle attitude that knows its place..."
John Hawkesby's  on Kathryn Ryan, Radio New Zealand, Monday 9 March 2012 To hear the full review, click here.

"The 2011 (4*) was tank-fermented and lees-aged.   Weighty, fresh and dry (1.8 grams/litre of residual sugar), it's a youthful, refined wine with ripe peach and pear flavours showing excellent delicacy and depth.  Best drinking 2013+." Four Stars, Michael Cooper, Buyers Guide to Buying NZ Wine, March 2012

"Rich and creamy wine with an array of flavours including apricot, clove and wild flowers. Appealing scented wine with attractive fruit sweetness and a gentle, lingering finish. Distinctive and appealing Viognier." 89/100 Bob Campbell, www.bobcampbellwinereviews.com, February 2012

"Bright, pale, green-hued straw-yellow colour, pale on edge.  This is elegant and well-proportioned on bouquet with good depth of exotic floral perfumes with notes of fresh herbs.  Very tight, pure and minerally, this is clearly youthful.  Dry to taste and medium-weighted, the flavours are tightly bound, but intense and penetrating.  Attractive pure floral-infused nectarine and apricot notes show, and the palate is linear and driven with fresh, lively acidity which leads to a moderately long, steely finish." Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz/ , January 2012 Stars 17+/20

GLADSTONE VINEYARD VIOGNIER 2010

Bronze Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2011

"The 2010 vintage (4.5*) was hand-picked in the northern Wairarapa and mostly handled in tanks; 20 per cent was matured in seasoned French oak barrels. A highly refined wine, it is poised and youthful, mouthfilling and vibrantly fruity, with rich stone-fruit flavours to the fore, subtle oak and lees-aging notes adding complexity, good acid spine, and obvious cellaring potential." Four and half stars, Michael Cooper, Buyers Guide to Buying NZ Wine, March 2012

"Fresh, bright and lively with some pear varietal character as well as herby notes. An attractive style with some greenness. 90/100"  www.wineanorak.com July 2011
"This wine shows the hallmark Viognier richness, showing gently lifted aromas of stonefruit, citrus and floral. The palate is medium-full and beautifully ripe with silky texture and a refreshing finish. A youthful wine showing early charm and drinkability. At its best: now to 2013. 87/100 4 stars." Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz May 2011

"Yellow gold coloured with a lovely rich, creamy, spicy aroma that is infused with those distinctive apricot scents. Quite mellow in the palate and perhaps a little warm, but full of quintessential apricot with apple and a little bit of spice, and a zing of underlying citrus adding zest. 3 stars."Sue Courtney,  www.wineoftheweek.co.nz Feb 2011

GLADSTONE VINEYARD VIOGNIER 2009

Bronze Medal Royal Easter Wine Show 2010

"Fragrant and full-bodied, with excellent depth of ripe tropical- and citrus-fruit flavours and a slightly creamy texture.  Richly varietal wine for drinking now or cellaring.  4.5 stars."  Michael Cooper, Listener, June 12 2010

GLADSTONE VINEYARD VIOGNIER 2008

Silver Medal Royal Easter Wine Show 2009

5 Stars and Top Ten Viognier Cuisine Magazine May 2009

"A wave of floral perfume ushers in a flavour fruit salad of nashi pear, quince and guava. This wine from Christine and David Kernohan's Wairarapa haven was a hedonistic, concentrated delight." Cuisine Magazine May 2009

"Not so much a wine to have with honeyed things, but to enjoy afterward by itself. There is an ambrosia-like quality to this richly scented, opulent Wairarapa wine." John Saker, Sunday Star Times 9 August 2009

"There's a lot going on here in this viognier ... blood orange, guava, jasmine and orange blossom ... rich velvety texture and mouth-filling oiliness and strong hints of roasted hazlenuts. All this mirage of flavours and its just gorgeous ... it's not all sweetness, it's got this nutty complexity and it just rounds everything out." John Hawkesby, Radio New Zealand, April 2009 - matched with Wild Duck and Diced Roasted Pumpkin and Kumura Salad.

ROSE

GLADSTONE VINEYARD ROSE 2016

Silver Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016
4.5 Stars/90 points Wine Orbit
4.5 Stars Yvonne Lorkin
4 Stars Raymond Chan

"I adore the pink diamond-ballet shoe hue of this little pinot rose from down Gladstone way and I love its seductive, candied aromas and layers of raspberry, creaming soda and juice red fruits on the palate. Classic berries and cream characters alongside lip-puckering acidity make this absolutely magical. Organically produced, here's a pink treat perfect with salmon on spiced cranberry couscous." Yvonne Lorkin, February 2017 

"A lovely delicate style made from merlot, cabernet franc and pinot noir; the bouquet shows red apple, nectarine, raspberry and floral characters. The palate is pristine and bright, and displays juicy fruit flavours and fine texture, brilliantly structured by crisp acidity, leading to a lengthy mouth-watering finish. A delightful drink." Wine Orbit 2016

"This is a pretty and gentle dry rosé with flavours of cranberries, pomegranate and red florals on a well-balanced, mouthwatering palate." Raymond Chan 2016

GLADSTONE VINEYARD ROSE 2015

Gold Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015
4 Stars (92 points) Bob Campbell

This is an elegantly crisp and mouthwatering rosé with delicate strawberry, quince and peach flavours.  Serve as an aperitif and with Asian cuisine over the next 2 years. 18/20 4 Stars" Raymond Chan Wine Reviews November 2015 

GLADSTONE VINEYARD ROSE 2014

Wine Orbit 87/100

" Gentle and fine, this is a charming rosé displaying lifted aromas of stone fruit, citrus and strawberry. The palate is lively and appealing with friendly fruit flavours, finishing long and crisp. At its best: now to 2017." 4 stars 87/100 points. Wine Orbit January 2015

Made with Merlot and Cabernet franc the bouquet suggests old strawberry, red cherry and even some yellow plum; simple, fresh and uncomplicated. On the palate - fresh, crisp, fruity and lively with medium++ acidity, light weight and fun. Moderate finish reflecting the fruit flavors described above. 3 Stars  Cameron Douglas Master Sommelier February 2015 

GLADSTONE VINEYARD ROSE 2012

"Bright, pale pink colour with slight peach hues. The aromatics are light and fresh with bright strawberry fruit and boiled sweet notes, along with red florals and honeysuckle. Dry to taste, delicate flavours of strawberries and bon-bons are enlivened by zesty, racy acidity, adding a sweet, juiciness to the mouthfeel. This is clean and crisp, the fruit expressed with clarity. The wine has a good palate line enhanced by a little textural thread and acidity which carries through to a moderately long finish. This is a racy, zesty rosé with delicately luscious strawberry confectionary flavours. Serve as an aperitif over the next 2 years. Made from Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec grapes 16.5/20" Raymond Chan September 2012

GLADSTONE VINEYARD ROSE 2011

Bronze Medal NZ International Wine Show 2012

"The 2011 vintage (3*) is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec, grown in the northern Wairarapa and made in an unusually dry style (2.8 grams/litre of residual sugar). Bright pink, it is mouthfilling, with good depth of strawberry and spice flavours, and a hint of oranges. It's already drinking well." 3 stars. Michael Copper, Buyers Guide to NZ Wine, March 2012

"Blended from merlot, malbec and cabernet franc this is a Wairarapa rose built to charm the palate with a taste of summer. Round but fresh and refreshing"  Warren Barton, the Southland Times, October 2011

"...We know about the quality of wine produced in that region so it is no surprise Gladstone has delivered a luscious salmon pink rose that is simply charming – elegant, sweet, fruit with a touch of creaminess and a long mouth-watering finish. Just enjoy it by itself late on a Saturday afternoon, maybe with some pate and cheese." Neil Hodgson Nelson Mail October 2011

"Bright, light pink colour with depth and youthful, pale-purple hues. This is soft and gently full on the nose with aromas of red berry fruits, melons, confectionary and musk. Dry to taste and full-bodied, the palate has rich, sweet, succulently ripe, mouthfilling fruit flavours of strawberry and melons with red berry fruits. Though soft-textured and round, there is good acid freshness and slipperiness adding to the brightness of the fruit. Attractive fruit nuances show on the medium-length, dry finish. Made from Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec fruit from the 'Dakins Road' block, left on skins for 12 hours and cool-fermented to 13.5% alc. and 2.77 g/L rs. A succulent and juicy rosé to match with antipasto and white meat courses over the next 2 years." 18.0/20
Raymond Chan www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz September 2011

GLADSTONE VINEYARD ROSE 2010

Silver Medal Royal Easter Wine Show 2011

GLADSTONE VINEYARD ROSE 2009

4.5 Stars Wine Orbit Magazine March 2010

"A blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. Nice salmon pink colour. Dry, quite rich and spicy with a bit of complexity. Rich, broad and balanced. 89/100" www.wineanorak.com July 2011

"A most appealing rosé made from Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec, displaying strawberry and red cherry characters with a hint of floral lift. The palate is generously flavoured and finely textured with well harmonised acidity and a lingering juicy finish. A dry style (4.5 g/l) yet the wine flows beautifully with a lovely plush mouthfeel. At its best: now to 2012." Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, March 2010

"From a winery and an area that are producing some very smart wines. This is one of them. Cabernet franc, merlot and malbec blended into a delicious summer-berried, stroll in the garden wine that's soft and refreshing." Warren Barton's Top 100 Christmas Wine Guide 2009

GLADSTONE VINEYARD ROSE 2008

Gold Medal Wine for Asia Awards 2008

RIESLING

GLADSTONE VINEYARD RIESLING 2016

4 Stars Raymond Chan
90 Points Cameron Douglas MW

"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." Raymond Chan June 2017

"Scents of mineral, wild honeysuckle, fresh citrus and yellow/red apple. On the palate - flavours of citrus with lemon and lemon peel, apple, minerality and white florals, a calm and even palate with plenty of fresh acidity and just a nudge of sweetness. Balanced and well made. Drink now and through 2023." Cameron Douglas MW

GLADSTONE VINEYARD RIESLING 2011

"The 2011 (3.5*) is a medium-dry style (7 grams/litre of residual sugar), with strong, citrusy, slightly spicy flavours, woven with crisp, steely acidity.   It's a 'forward' vintage, already drinking well." 3.5 stars Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wine, March 2012

"Produced in Gladstone in the Wairarapa, this is made in an off-dry style. The initial flavour is a burst of green apple that quickly evolves into zesty lime flavours with a backbone of river stone minerality. With a touch of honeyed sweetness in the finish to balance the mouthwatering acidity, this would be perfect with pan-seared white fish." Neil Hodgson, www.nelsonmail.co.nz, February 2012

"Initially tight and lean, this opened to reveal more weight and texture, floral hints and minerality, which  balances the nervy, dry finish. I expect it will develop with bottle age." Charmian Smith,  www.odt.co.nz, January 2012

"Concentrated and fine-textured, the palate features a flavour core of apples and limes infused with minerals.  Nuances unfold slowly with time in the glass and the wine has excellent line and good length.  The wine is youthful and somewhat austere at present, but will develop to show much greater interest and become richer with bottle age." Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz/ January 2012


GLADSTONE VINEYARD RIESLING 2010

Bronze Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2011
Bronze Medal Royal Easter Wine Show 2011

"The 2010 vintage (3.5*) is fully dry (2 grams/litre of residual sugar) – but carries the dry style well. From 24-year-old vines in the Winery Block, in the Wairarapa, it is full-bodied, with strong lemon, lime and spice flavours and firm acid spine. Fresh, tightly structured and minerally, it needs time; open mid-2012+.    3.5 stars, Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to NZ Wine, 2011

" Taut, fresh and limey with bright mineral notes. Crisp and intense with some brightness. A lively, steely style. 89/100"  www.wineanorak.com July 2011

"This is an outstanding wine and a wonderful example of purity in a dry style. Very pale straw colour with youthful green hues showing, this has a startling intensity of vibrant, pure, lime-like aromatics expressed with elegance. Very dry on palate with 1.5 g/L rs, this is an extremely stylish wine with perfect body at 12.3% alc., archetype lime and mineral flavours, beautiful line and length through the palate. It is tightly focussed, and has refreshing acidity. The mouthfeel is very fine, considering the fruit depth. This will develop well over the next 6-8 years. Made from 24 y.o. vines from the Winery Block at Gladstone. 18.5+/20" Raymond Chan, December 2010

GLADSTONE VINEYARD RIESLING 2003

4 Stars Winestate Magazine 2004
Silver Medal International Aromatic Wine Competition Canterbury 2004
Bronze Medal Liquorland Top 100 2004

GLADSTONE VINEYARD RIESLING 1998

Silver Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 1998
Bronze Medal International Wine and Spirit Competition London 1999

GLADSTONE VINEYARD RIESLING 1997

Bronze Medal Liquorland Easter Show 1998

BORDEAUX REDS

GLADSTONE VINEYARD AULD ALLIANCE 2010

90 Points Wine Advocate
Bronze Medal International Wine Challenge 2012
Bronze Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2012
Bronze Medal Royal Easter Wine Show 2012
Bronze Medal NZ International Wine Show 2012

"The soft, perfumed, black berry-fruit and plum aroma is rounded out by Morello cherry, spice and a hint of green herb. However it's the old barrel and dark fruit notes that capture the imagination. The palate is warming and spicy with a fine acid spine. Deep, dark fruitiness, generous plum, cigar box and bitter chocolate flavours deliver good depth of flavour. Old, dusty tannins and a hint of leafy/herbal crispness add interest and overall there's good length with a robust, lingering finish. The high alcohol (14.8 per cent) and fruit power means Auld Alliance will cellar well and we think it will continue to develop nicely over the next five years or so." Marlborough Express August 2014

"With an alcohol level just under 15 per cent, this is a suprisingly elegant and moreish wine with an excellent blend of merlot malbec and cabernet franc. And it's going to be brilliant in another decade with huge flavours of boysenberry, cedar, cigarbox and spice." John Hawkesby, The New Zealand Herald, May 2012

"... Matured in French (90 per cent) and American oak casks, it's a strapping wine (14.9 per cent alcohol) with a strong, leafy, herbal streak, suggesting a lack of optimal ripeness.  It also offers plenty of personality, with excellent depth of plum, spice, herb and olive flavours." Three and half stars, Michael Cooper, Buyers Guide to Buying NZ Wine, March 2012

"A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Mabec with berry, plum and spice flavours. Serious red with appealing layers of flavour including a subtle influence of wild herbs. An elegant Bordeaux style red that's accessible now but should age well" 87/100 Bob Campbell, www.bobcampbellwinereviews.com, February 2012

"Auld Alliance' recalls France and Scotland's historical connection against the English, but is also a recognition of Scottish owner Christine Kernohan making wine with classical Bordeaux varieties. This is 50% Merlot, 25% Malbec and 25% Cabernet Franc all from the 'Dakins Road' block fermented to 14.85% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 90% French and 10% American oak. Dark, deep, full ruby-red colour, the bouquet is soft and densely packed with sappy blackcurrant, savoury dark herb and green olive aromas, the fruit with a cool profile, but well-integrated with oak cedar. Medium-full bodied, this has a very appealing lusciousness, the palate a harmonious mix of dark currant fruit, herbs and spicy, cedary oak that opens to reveal layers of nuance. Fine-grained, supple tannins and fresh acidity provide a well-proportioned structure that allows the fruit and oak sweetness feature. The finish is long and lingering. This is a cleverly-crafted claret-style wine that matches cool fruit and spicy oak with appeal."  Raymond Chan, http://www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz/ January 2012, Stars 18.0-/20

"Blended of 50% Merlot, 25 % Cabernet Franc and 25% Malbec and aged for 11 months in 85% French and 15% American oak, the 2010 Auld Alliance gives a deep garnet-purple color and aromas of warm plums, mulberries and blackberry preserves over spice cake and plum pudding. Full bodied and richly fruited in the mouth, it has a medium to firm level of rounded tannins and very crisp acid to support, finishing long with lingering fruit cake notes. Approachable now, it should cellar to 2017." Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2011 90 points


12,000 MILES CABERNET FRANC MERLOT MALBEC 2009

"Carterton winemaker Christine Kernohan named this wine in honour of her Scottish homeland. And, yes, it is a surprise to see this particular red blend emerge from the Wairarapa - which is better known for pinot noir than for the more challenging classic Bordeaux grapes trio of cabernet franc, malbec and merlot.  And yet these red grapes combine deliciously to make this smooth textured red with its flavours of wild berry." Joelle Thompson's Top Ten Low Cost Reds, Herald on Sunday 22 May 2010

GLADSTONE VINEYARD AULD ALLIANCE 2008

"A bordeaux blend of 54% Cabernet Franc, 27% Merlot, 10% Malbec, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon. Made by a Scottish winemaker with classic French varietals hence the name. 

Quite perfumed with strawberry and cherry and a meaty, cedary, vegetal undertone. It's much softer than i expected, lovely sweet berry fruits, with some spice, olive, some subtle medicinal characters- that serve to complex, and quality Allier oak. I really quite like it and it's really delicious with food, i would opt for drinking over the next 3-4 years." Noel Young, Noel Young Wines, March 2012

"I don't know if it was because I saw the McLeod tartan on the label or because of the name of the wine but my tasting note contained many Scottish ingredients!  Firstly brambles - lots of brambles - followed by a savoury, slightly black pepper and meaty aroma that could only be described as haggis, and then some cloves and a little treacle element.  The palate had pipe tobacco, some coffee and blueberries, followed by a vegetal, almost raw cabbage element.  Now I know these flavours and aromas don't sound that appealing when bundled all together but this wine was delicious. A massive nod towards the new world with its powerful fruit but by using Cabernet Franc she gets the vegetal structure that you want from a Bordeaux blend in the old world.  A lovely bottle of wine.  92pts" Peter Wood The Tasting Note February 2011

"Lovely open sweet berry fruits with nice depth and a savoury spiciness. Quite an elegant style with good depth. 90/100" www.wineanorak.com July 2011

GLADSTONE VINEYARD AULD ALLIANCE 2006

Bronze Medal Royal Easter Show 2009

"A blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. Lovely minerally, chalky, focused red and black fruits nose, with a hint of pepper. The palate is ripe but fresh with lovely spicy notes and gravelly depth. 93/100" www.wineanorak.com July 2011

"This was immensely drinkable, fruit forward with dark berry and mocha flavours." Amy Wislocki, Decanter 22 January 2010

'"The premier Bordeaux-style from this Wairarapa winery can be light and leafy, but the 2006 vintage is the best yet. A blend of Cabernet Franc (55 per cent), Merlot (25 per cent) and Malbec (20 per cent), it was matured for a year in French (95 per cent) and American oak casks. It's a full-coloured, fleshy wine with generous, plummy flavours, oak complexity and a smooth, rich finish." Michael Cooper June 2010

GLADSTONE VINEYARD AULD ALLIANCE 2003

Silver Medal Wine Style Asia Awards 2005
Silver Medal Bragato Wine Awards 2005
Bronze Medal Bragato Wine Awards 2004