Gladstone Vineyard - Making premium wine, Wairarapa
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Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

AWARDS
Gold Medal Mondial 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

IN THE GLASS

An intense hit of black cherry and Doris plum, with alluring floral and earthy nuances. There is a lovely dark spice component on the nose, liquorice and star anise combining beautifully with the plush juiciness of cherry and plum on the palate. A rich and rounded generous palate, sweet ripe tannins and balanced, elegant length with a silky textural weight of integrated fine tannins. Drink now, or cellar for up to 10 years.

IN THE WINERY
We chilled and crushed the fruit into 1.5 and 2 ton fermentation tanks. As far as possible all clones were vinified separately to give expression to each clones' unique character. We applied a cold soak period of 3-5 days followed by natural yeast fermentation. All batches received a post-soak of between 2-3 weeks. All plunging was done by hand to maintain a soft extraction of tannins. We then pressed off the batches and matured them in French oak barrels (23% new) for 10 months, each with its own balanced oak regime of barrel age and choice of coopers. We carried out a final filtration prior to bottling.

IN THE VINEYARD
The 2013 Pinot Noir is a single vineyard wine with all the grapes grown at our Dakins Road block. The wine is crafted from a range of clones including 5, 6, 114, 115, 667, 777, 10/5 and Abel, adding complexity and nuance to the final blend. The vines were carefully managed to give maximum sun exposure to the fruit for optimum ripeness, and the fruit was hand harvested to ensure gentle handling and top quality fruit

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