FIVE STARS, 96 POINTS | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
93 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
93 POINTS | Decanter World Wine Awards
90 POINTS | Bob Campbell MW
Blairpatrick is Gladstone Vineyard's top tier pinot noir release and it's every inch the reserve-level wine. Careful vineyard management and winemaking has resulted in a classy, elegant wine. It's full-bodied and opulent with layers of cherry and plum nicely balanced by toasty oak and silky tannins. Tuck some away for a few years and watch the magic unfold.
The winery writes "Dark red, purple hue. Dark brooding nose of plum and cherry, smoky stalk tannins and toasty oak. The palate is opulent with good weight and texture. Fruit is balanced by chalky tannins and nice acidity."
Sam Kim writes "A stunning rendition showing perfumed aromas of dark cherry, floral, olive and hazelnut with nuances of warm spice and mushroom. The impressively concentrated palate displays outstanding weight and depth, while remaining elegant and refined with a seamless flow and textured mouthfeel. Immensely complex and gratifying."
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Complex, youthful, tense and varietal. Aromas of dark berries and toasty barrel, clove and black currant, some fine savoury moments and hard clay earthy qualities. On the palate - firm, dry, complex, youthful then fruity with varietal flavours of dark berries then attributes suggested by the bouquet. Firm tannins with support from acidity require some cellar time to relax and integrate."
Decanter World Wine Awards judges write "Focused aromas of cranberry, raspberry and red plum. Refined tannins, supporting the silky fruit with a lovely lift of acidity."
Bob Campbell MW writes "Moderately concentrated pinot noir with plum, dark berry, sweet cherry, vanilla and pronounced spicy oak flavours. The oak is a little dominant at this stage, although bottle age might correct the imbalance."