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Gladstone Vineyard has an established reputation as a quality boutique wine producer, making award-winning wines of finesse and complexity. The vineyards are planted along the river terraces of the Ruamahanga River, which has a unique free-draining soil profile of clay over stony silt loams. The microclimatic conditions are semi-maritime, which experiences very cool springs, extended sunshine hours and high exposure to UV light, which provides ideal conditions for ripening.
An intense hit of cherry and dark plum is balanced with alluring floral and earthy nuances. Chocolate, coffee and oak combine beautifully with the plush juiciness of this wine to deliver a round and generous palate and silky textural finish. Drink now, or cellar for up to 10 years.
The grapes were grown on the deep gravels of the Waipara Valley, hand selected chilled overnight before being whole bunch pressed. Waipara’s dry mid-autumn during 2010 meant botrytis did not develop in the Riesling vineyards. As a result we have lime and lemon zest on the nose with a pure acid to finish.
This single vineyard is grown on the steepest north west facing slopes on the estate. The four noble varieties of Alsace; Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Gris and Riesling are planted side-by-side. Handpicked in one day, Vin de terroir is the style. On the palate the wine is balanced and round. There is a perceived sweetness.
A bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and a bit of Malbec, all bringing their own characteristics to the wine. Vitreous describes a shimmering surface, like the glass like rock, Obsidian, after which the estate is named. Smooth, brambly flavours with good acidity. Great to drink now but will age as any good Bordeaux wine.