Vineyard: 55% Willowflat Vineyard, 45% Medway Vineyard, Awatere Valley
The Willowflat vineyard comprises of a North facing slope that has an altitude of 180 metres above sea level, 14km from the coast. The soils are free draining river gravels with a top loess layer. Medway vineyard lies more than 26km from the coast, surrounded by steep mountains. The extreme diurnal temperature and distinctive soils create unique flavours in wine made from the Medway vineyard. The wines are characterised by an intense, dark fruit profile, plush tannins, but also a mineral lift that gives the palate focus and length.
Winemaker: Jeff Fyfe
Harvest Date: 8th and 17th April 2016
Winemaking Analysis: Alc 14% pH 3.61 TA 5.0 RS 1.2g/l
The parcels were cold macerated at 6-8 degrees for six days before being warmed and inoculated with selected yeast. A fast, hot fermentation proceeded with regular hand plunging to craft a wine with elegance and structure. The wine was aged for 12 months in French barriques in a selection from my favourite coopers. Malolatic fermentation commenced naturally during spring. The blend received no fining and was lightly filtered prior to bottling.
Download Yealands Estate Winemaker's Reserve Awatere Valley Pinot Noir 2016 Tasting Notes (PDF)