“This parcel of fruit has been selected from one of our Awatere Valley river terrace blocks that are so well suited to high quality Pinot Noir production. We work very hard in the vineyard to minimise crop levels and this fruit does get quite a bit of sun exposure to ripen sufficiently the tannins and all aspects of the wine.
What intrigues me about this wine is the beautiful floral notes and elegance. We aim to enhance these attributes of the wine with French oak barrels but are always very careful not to include too much new oak. It is always a bit shy right after bottling but I believe the wine will continue to evolve in the bottle positively for years to come.
An elegant Pinot Noir showing ripe red fruit and floral characters enhanced by well integrated oak and a velvety texture. Cellar up to 10 years.”
Vineyard: 100% Willowflat Vineyard, Awatere Valley
The block comprises of a North facing slope that has an altitude of 180 metres above sea level. The soils are free draining river gravels with a top loess layer. The vines yielded 4.5 Tonne / hectare and comprise of dijon clones 113,114 and 667.
Winemaker: Tamra Kelly-Washington
Harvest Date: 19th and 23rd March 2015
Winemaking Analysis: Alc 14% pH 3.61 TA 5.0 RS 1.2g/l Regular hand plunging has helped to craft a wine with elegance and balance. 10% of the blend was whole bunch fermented in a small format French oak Cuve. The wine was aged for 12 months in French barriques in a selection from my favourite coopers, 15% of which were new. 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 2015 Tasting Notes (PDF)