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Wairarapa, NZ

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 absolute 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.

 

At Gladstone Vineyard, we are committed to nurturing our vines and producing our wines in a thoughtful and environmentally responsible manner. We acknowledge and respect we are only custodians of these magical sites. This means making considered decisions about everything we do, with the interests of the land, the vines and the wine top of mind.

We have a number of grapes growing at Gladstone Vineyard, as listed below:

Sauvignon Blanc: These vines display the Gladstone trait of riper pip fruit, stone fruit and subtropical fruits along with the savoury and floral highlights, which is a defining character of Gladstone Sauvignon Blanc.

Pinot Gris: A mix of 2 clones, these vines provide weight and texture and classic Pinot Gris characters, these vines are low vigour for Pinot Gris leaning towards more intense characters.

Riesling: The Meyer lemon acidity that these vines produce is outstanding and adds a mouth-watering juiciness to the typical Riesling characters.

Viognier: On the edge of where Viognier can be grown as far as climate allows in New Zealand, but this transfers into a balanced Viognier, which is aromatic and intense on the nose but has some residual acidity that balances out the rich palate of Viognier.

Cabernet Franc and Merlot: These two varieties make up the base of the Gladstone Vineyard Rosé. Cabernet Franc gives it its unmistakable savouriness and texture, whilst Merlot gives it its fresh mixed berry characters .

Dakins Road Vineyard Pinot Noir: As the major variety with clones consisting of Abel and 10/5, which deliver power and structure along with dark bramble and mineral characteristics. 115, 777, clone 5, 667 and clone 13 make up the rest of the Pinot Noir to give layering and complexity with differing red dark fruit profiles and as well as floral and spicy highlights.

Blairpatrick Vineyard Pinot Noir: With a mix of Dijon clones ( 777, 667, 13, 115) delivering an elegant mix of characters of typical Wairarapa Pinots, but inherently displaying balance due to its mixed vigour and no irrigation. It's slightly more exposed to the infamous Wairarapa Northwesters, which means it is naturally low cropping with minimal intervention needed to keep the crop levels in balance.

Our philosophy is that a healthy vine will produce healthy, quality grapes – and premium wine. To that end we put considerable effort into achieving soil and plant health. We practice organic principles where possible and as a wine grower, producer and exporter we are constantly challenged – and inspired – to lessen our impact on the environment.

Meet the makers

Eddie
McDougall

CEO and
Chief Winemaker

Eddie McDougall is the CEO of Gladstone Vineyard. He’s an award-winning winemaker, wine judge, commentator, and TV personality.

Passionate about bringing good wine to the masses, Eddie strongly believes in the power of wine as the social glue.

Eddie holds a Bachelor of International Business from Griffith University, Australia and a Post Graduate Diploma of Wine Technology and Viticulture from the University of Melbourne. In 2013, Eddie was one of only 12 elite wine professionals selected for the Len Evans Tutorial, regarded as the world’s most esteemed wine judging program.

Eddie started making wine in 2003 and has worked with some of the most influential wineries in the New and Old World including the likes of Vietti, Mas de Daumas Gassac, Giant Steps, Deep Woods Estate and Silver Heights.

Today, Eddie is the group’s CEO and Chief Winemaker whose goal is to ensure the wines produced are of a high calibre and are available in several markets across the globe.

Kyle
Oosterberg

Group Wine
Director

Kyle is a born and bred South African who discovered the wonderful world of wine as a holiday job at the tender age of 16. Since then there is nothing else that Kyle has ever done besides getting every aspect of himself divulged in wine (literally from head to toe)!

With 15 years in the industry, Kyle has built up his experience to try cover every nook and cranny the wine world has to offer. His primary focus has been involved in wine production, however, he has also been seen in and around many other aspects of the job such working vines, to sales & marketing and wine education as well. He also plays an instrumental role in making sure our wines get across the oceans and to our respective markets.

On the winemaking front, besides completing vintages in South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, he has also been out and about, learning about other winemaking cultures and techniques in Portugal, USA & China.

Long story short, Kyle is our resident Wine Dude!

Lilian
Carter

Technical
Production Advisor

Lilian joined Gladstone Vineyard as the Technical Production Adviser in 2019. Lilian brings a technical level of expertise and attention to detail across the company's winemaking program in Australia and New Zealand.

Lilian completed her Oenology studies at Adelaide University and since then has worked with top tier producers. She has been involved in all aspects of wine production, with some of the most well regarded global wine business’ and some of the best niche producers, in locations that have ranged from the hallowed vineyards of the Barossa Valley to the wine frontier of Xinjiang, China.

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