An enticing blend of 44% Pinot Noir, 30% Merlot and 26% Cabernet Franc. Fresh strawberries and raspberries burst from the glass mingled with layers of vanilla and white chocolate, subtle oral notes and a sophisticated mineral streak. A generous core of berry fruit gives way to an elegant acid structure, length and balance.
93 Points - Sam Kim, The Wine Orbit
92 Points - Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
91 Points - Cameron Douglas MS
"I’m a lover of all things rosé so it was a very easy decision to make an outstanding rosé with a little bit of a twist to spark some interest and intrigue amongst the rosé lovers. The use of barrel in rosé production is starting become a new trend that certainly elevates and enhances the profile to what is deemed typical and stylistic of such a category. Capturing the intense and rewarding red fruit profiles from the Cabernet Franc & Merlot was the easy job, but deciding to incorporate some
barrel influence with the Pinot Noir was a risk that turned out to reward very much so! The vanilla and white chocolate notes become so captivating in the glass and marry perfectly with the ripe, vibrant red fruits making me a very happy camper and something I can sit and sip all day long" - Eddie McDougall
WINEMAKING & PRODUCTION:
The grapes were crushed and left to soak for two hours to impart a pretty light salmon pink blush before being pressed. The juice was then cold settled for 24 hours, racked off lees and fermented with specially-selected Rosé yeast strains. A cool fermentation was maintained to keep the delicate colour and vibrancy of the fruit intact. The Pinot Noir component was barrel fermented with wild yeasts to give weight, complexity and texture, whilst the Merlot & Cabernet Franc were tank fermented to extract the ripe, plush & invigorating red fruits.
ABOUT GLADSTONE VINEYARD:
Gladstone Vineyard has an established reputation as a quality, boutique wine producer making award-winning wines of finesse and complexity with a primary focus on making New Zealand’s finest Pinot Noir!
The Gladstone district in the Wairarapa, New Zealand is a fast-growing wine area, as winemakers realise the potential of the quality soil and climate conditions that produce low-yielding, rich, concentrated grapes and show off the very best of the terroir. The result is our style of wine. Aromatic, fresh and true to varietal!
We believe that the most important part of winemaking occurs in the vineyard. Our grapes are managed with great care, ensuring the best possible fruit is brought to the winery at harvest, giving our winemaking team every opportunity to be creative whilst still striving to produce international, award-winning wines.