Wines to make you jealous!

A tasting of wines from the Jealous Sisters range made at Gladstone Vineyard, New Zealand.

If you were asked to name a wine growing region in Marlborough, then we'd bet that you'd say 'Marlborough' - which would be hardly surprising given that 75% of all New Zealand wine is made there. And why? Because Marlborough is blessed with such a wonderful climate. Today though, we learnt that Wairarapa shares a very similar climate, yet it only accounts for 1% of New Zealand's production. Most of the wine producing estates there are of the small, family owned kind, of which we met one today - Gladstone Vineyards. 

Christine and David Kernohan are a married couple from Scotland, that chose to make New Zealand their home over 35 years ago. A spontaneous visit to Gladstone Vineyard in 1995 was all it took for the couple to fall in love and take ownership of the estate. Christine really does run the show, as she is chief winemaker (one of only three Scottish women winemakers in the world!) and manages the business, whilst David is an architect, (although he's very keen on the quality control side of Gladstone Vineyard wines!)

We currently stock one or two of the Gladstone Vineyard label wines, so today was a good opportunity for us to meet the people behind the wines, and also to taste another of their wine ranges - Jealous Sisters.

Sauvignon Blanc Jealous Sisters 2014 

I have to admit that I'm not much of a Sauvignon girl, but I took a bit of a shine to this one. I found the lemon rind and lime zest whiff really quite engaging without being too much. The citrus flavours were clean and pure, lots of minerality in the mix too, again in a restrained style. Very well balanced, perhaps more so than many Marlborough Sauvignons with their big hits of fruit. The tangy grapefruit finish tied it all together nicely. 


Pinot Gris Jealous Sisters 2014

I really tried to pick up something from the nose, but struggled. The flavour more than made up for it though! Rich, mouthfilling nectarine, peach and ginger mixed together to create a textured and rounded white. Rich but definitely not flabby, as the freshness dragged the flavour right through to the finish. David suggested that this wine was great with Asian cuisine - as he's head of quality control, I'm sure it's a tried and tested match!


Pinot Noir Jealous Sisters 2013

Surprisingly, this Pinot was a little heavier than I expected, but I liked it. David summed it up as 'a masculine wine showing it's feminine side' - I agree because it's meaty with good weight but also with pretty cherry stone fruit flavours in abundance followed by a tasty, savoury twist on the finish. The beautiful balance between fruit and structure, makes it fairly easy drinking red that will appeal to most tastes!

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Posted on 16/01/2015
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