Owner-operated by Christine and David Kernohan since 1996, Gladstone Vineyard has an established reputation as a quality boutique wine producer, making award-winning wines of finesse and complexity.
The Gladstone district in the Wairarapa, is a fast growing wine area, as winemakers realise the potential of soil and climate that produce low yielding, rich concentrated grapes. Christine believes that the most important part of winemaking occurs in the vineyard. Grapes are managed with great care, ensuring the best possible fruit is brought to the winery at harvest. The wines express the season, the soil and the area; the terroir. The Gladstone style is aromatic, fresh and varietal.
The wine has gentle aromas of sandalwood and pear. The palate is broad and rich, with soft pear, gentile spice and ginger. It has great textural weight, and the oak complexity complements rather than dominates the fruit. This is a beautiful food wine. The mineral backbone provides structure while juicy acidity gives the wine a long finish. Drink now, or cellar for five years.
Clove, liquorice and red cherry play on the nose before opening to a generous berry-fruit mouthful with floral highlights. Full fruit flavours are balanced with spicy, charred oak characteristics that enhance and lengthen the palate. Drink now or cellar for up to five years.
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.
Scotlands most famous connection with Europe was the Auld Alliance with France. First agreed in 1295/6 it was built on Scotland and France's shared need to curtail English expansion. Not simply a military alliance was based on a long established friendship founded on the Scot's love of French wine.The Gladstone Reserve 2011 'Auld Alliance' is a blend from their finest barrels of wine and can be drunk now or cellared for 5 to 7 years from vintage.
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