Pale straw, green hue. Citrus and herb notes are at the forefront of the nose on this wine. Beautiful flinty minerality creates layers of interest. On the palate, the wine is rich and vibrant. Tropical notes balance out with lime and grapefruit, all carried by generous acidity and typical Gladstone salinity. Lovely length on the finish.
92 Points - Sam Kim, The Wine Orbit
92 Points - Cameron Douglas MS
89 Points - Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review
"The goal here is to make a serious Sauvignon Blanc that will get the critics talking, yet still be approachable enough to excite the average wino's palate. The first consideration when making this wine is to ensure that it's distinctively different to the style produced on the South Island. We still want the wine to be varietal expressive and fruit-forward, but our key dierentiator is to build in waxy texture into the palate through use of barrel work." - Eddie McDougall
WINEMAKING & PRODUCTION:
This hand-harvested Sauvignon Blanc comes from the 1986 estate plantings, which means yields are low and fruit is concentrated. Fruit is cooled overnight in a cool room at 2°C then pressed into tank as whole bunches the next morning and left to settle. 50% is then racked for barrel fermentation with the remaining 50% being fermented in stainless steel. The juice ferments for up to 3 weeks in ambient cellar conditions and is then racked and sulphured once primary fermentation is completed. Juice is then returned to tank and barrels, and matured for a further 8 months. The wine is then ned with skimmed milk and isinglass prior to being filtered and then bottled.
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.