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Located in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough, Yealands Family Wines produces award-winning wines in harmony with nature. Yealands Family wines is the culmination of the vision, dedication and hard work of Peter Yealands--a New Zealand pioneer with the goal of creating delicious wines and the world’s most sustainable winery. His motto to “think boldly, tread lightly and never say it cannot be done” guides every initiative at the estate. The wines are produced from vineyards in the Awatere...
Offers red cherry aromas with a hint of savoury spice. The juicy ripe fruit flavours lead into a supple, soft tannin finish.
The 2016 growing season started out incredibly dry, with some predicting a severe drought. Fortunately some unseasonal rains in February set the vines up for a great final ripening period. March and April were very consistent, with warm and dry weather experienced throughout Marlborough allowing a harvest that wasn’t dictated by the weather. All varieties were able to be picked at optimal ripeness and in good time. Conditions over the flowering period were stable, creating nice even crop levels in the vineyards which translated into wines with great concentration and texture. Yealands Pinot Noir was harvested in excellent condition and the resulting wine is showing the wonderful hallmarks that Marlborough is known for – lifted fruit flavours in the berry spectrum balanced with earthy savoury notes, vibrancy, purity and structure.
The low yielding Pinot Noir blocks were harvested at optimum ripeness. The parcels were cold macerated at 8 – 10 degrees for around five days before being warmed and inoculated with selected yeasts. A fast, hot fermentation proceeded with regular plunging to craft a wine with elegance and balance. The parcels were gently pressed off after fermentation, with a short period of post ferment maceration to achieve the desired tannin balance. The wine was aged with French oak while undergoing malolactic fermentation. The wine was then blended, stabilised and filtered prior to bottling.
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Juicy cherry and raspberry flavors are fresh and bright, with a smooth, supple body and notes of clove, cherry cola and vanilla bean. Polished and elegant, with a long finish.See detailed press review