Gladstone Vineyard Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2019

November 2, 2021By Yvonne

Gladstone Vineyard Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2019 $36 A stylishly savoury pinot noir that’s been grown organically and carefully shepherded into the bottle by Ollie Wylie and Chief Winemaker Eddie McDougall, this is a style that is absolutely classic Gladstone. Cherry, tamarillo and dried herb layers wash across deliciously dusty tannins and compliment its supple acidity. … Read More

Urlar Gladstone Pinot Gris 2018

April 17, 2021By Yvonne

Urlar Gladstone Pinot Gris 2018 $25 Organically and Biodynamically grown and tended by viticulturist Bevan Lambess, and crafted into wine by Jannine Rickards, this wild, wooly and mineral-edged Pinot Gris will definitely appeal to those who prefer their gris on the dry side. 12% of the blend went in as ripe bunches that were fermented … Read More

Urlar The Mediator Gladstone White NV

February 24, 2021By Yvonne

Urlar The Mediator Gladstone White NV $19.99 This blend of 54% pinot gris, 20% viogner, 16% chardonnay, 5% riesling and 5% sauvignon blanc is harmony and balance in a bottle – hence why it’s been called The Mediator. Organically, biodynamically crafted by the phases of the moon, it’s lemongrassy, lime and apple-scented style that bursts … Read More

Cottier Gladstone Pinot Noir 2016

April 28, 2020By Yvonne

Cottier Gladstone Pinot Noir 2016 $28.50 Grown on that famous stretch of Wairarapa wine country, Dakins Road, this pinot noir captures the classic liquorice character which glows in many Gladstone district examples.  It boasts an earthy backbone, loads of savoury character and a tonne of spice to cloak powdery tannins.  Cherry and wild rhubarb dominate … Read More

Cottier Estate Gladstone Pinot Gris 2013 $17.50 (5 stars)

April 3, 2017By Yvonne

The rocky old Ruamahanga River in Gladstone nourishes Cottier Estate’s vineyards and helps them create classically full, generous pinot gris like this.  Pinot gris that’s packed with pear, ripe juicy rose apple, nashi and a squeak of quince all crash across the tastebuds in this beautifully balanced aromatic white. Fat and sassy on the palate, … Read More

Johner Estate Gladstone Viognier 2015 $26 (4.5 stars)

March 30, 2017By Yvonne

One thing I’ve been treating myself to, as my family scoffs its way through our enormous 10+kilo Christmas ham, is some really excellent viognier.  Viognier has the spicy floral aromatics of say, pinot gris, combined with the tropical, toasty richness of chardonnay, which makes it absolutely divine with any type of swine.  This is one … Read More

Gladstone Wairarapa Rosé 2016 $25 (4.5 stars)

March 29, 2017By Yvonne

I adore the pink diamond-ballet shoe hue of this gorgeous little pinot rose from down Gladstone way and I love its seductive, candied aromas and layers of raspberry, creaming soda and juicy red fruits on the palate.  Boasting classic cherry and berries and cream characters alongside lip-puckering acidity makes this absolutely magical.  Organically produced by … Read More

Urlar Gladstone Noble Riesling 2015

December 11, 2016By Yvonne

When it comes to sweet treats, if you cant beat ‘em, join ‘em.  The organic and biodynamically-produced,  Urlar Noble Riesling 2015 ($30) sings with Manuka honey, tangy nectarine and apple notes.  The acidity is zingy and refreshing, balancing out the intense sweetness of the top notes and making it a superb partner for every possible … Read More