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Gladstone Vineyard takes the Pinot Noir trophy

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4 August 2012

Gladstone Vineyard takes the Pinot Noir trophy at the Australian Boutique Wine Awards

Wairarapa’s Gladstone Vineyard has taken the top prize for Pinot Noir at the elite Australian Boutique Wine Awards in Sydney, making it back-to-back trophies for Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir.

Owner and chief winemaker Christine Kernohan said the trophy-winning Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010 came from a strong lineage of awarded wine.

“The previous vintage won the trophy for best Pinot Noir at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition and our Pinot Noir has won gold medals every year since 2004 - an exceptional record as we only started producing pinot in 2003.

“This shows that our distinctive style is not only consistent but is also well respected in the international arena,” said Christine.

Christine said the awards were a credit to the care and attention to detail given in both the vineyard and winery.

“We are proud to produce one of the Wairarapa’s most awarded Pinot Noirs.”

The grapes are grown at the vineyard’s Dakins Road and Gladstone blocks and were carefully managed to achieve optimum ripeness. The fruit is all hand-harvested and small batch fermented. The wine is then matured in French oak barrels for 10 months, each with its own oak regime of barrel age and choice of coopers.

CEO of the Association of Australian boutique winemakers Judith Kennedy said after 16 years of the Boutique Wine Awards this was possibly the most successful year yet with regard to quality.
Awards for Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir:
Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
Trophy Best Pinot Noir Australian Boutique Wine Awards 2012
Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009
Trophy Best Pinot Noir and Trophy Best New World Pinot Noir Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition 2010
Gold Medal Selections Mondiales des Vins Canada 2011
Gold Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2011
Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
Gold Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2010
Gold Medal International Wine Challenge London 2010
Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
Wairarapa Pinot Noir Trophy and Gold Medal
International Wine Challenge London 2009
Gold Medal New Zealand International Wine Competition 2008
Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006
Gold Medal Mondial du Pinot Noir Switzerland 2007
Gold Medal Royal Easter Show 2008
Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2005
Gold Medal Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2006
Gladstone Vineyard Pinot Noir 2004
Blue-Gold Award Sydney International Wine Competition 2006



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