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Yealands Estate Winemaker's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Yealands Estate Winemaker's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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Given the myriad of parcels and flavours coming from our Seaview Vineyard, isolating just one portion was always going to be a challenge!


Our winemaking team's goal was to retain the elegance and purity of fruit from the vineyard, whilst allowing some oak and malolactic fermentation influence.


Aromas of dried thyme and white flowers dominate the nose. The palate is rich and textured with a full spectrum of ripe herbal and savoury notes, and fresh acidity that all come together in perfect harmony. The mid-palate is structured and rich, yet elegant.

Tasting Notes

WINEMAKERS NOTE

“The unique coastal Sauvignon Blanc blocks on our Seaview vineyard have provided inspiration to make an oak influenced Sauvignon Blanc. Fruit in the riper spectrum was carefully selected for this wine and made in a selection of fermentation vessels, including a mixture of older French oak in a variety of sizes and a concrete egg.

The focus with this wine is to make a Sauvignon Blanc that is rich, savoury and textured, with layers of complexity brought in by the use of older oak in a variety of formats and the concrete egg. It is important that the fruit and acidity is still present and the wine is recognisably a Sauvignon Blanc. It is really interesting to make as there are a lot of inputs as a winemaker that you contribute – what type of barrel and the age, lees work, natural versus inoculated fermentation, and the proportion of malolactic fermentation.

Aromas of dried thyme and white flowers dominate the nose. The palate is rich and textured with a full spectrum of ripe herbal and savoury notes, and fresh acidity that all come together in perfect harmony. The mid-palate is structured and rich, yet elegant. Cellar up to 6 years.”

VITICULTURE
Vineyard: 100% Seaview Vineyard, Awatere Valley
Block: G2 Block
Our G2 Block is situated on a gentle north facing sheltered terrace, which is 80m above sea level. Soil profile is wind-blown loess with high mineral content.

WINEMAKING
Winemaker: Jeff Fyfe
Harvest Date: 15th April 2016
Winemaking Analysis: Alc 13.5% pH 3.31 TA 6.9 RS 2.6g/l
The fruit was harvested, pressed and left to settle for 48hrs. The clear juice was racked off, taking some light lees, to ferment in a variety of vessels, including a concrete egg, a French Oval and a selection of older 500L and 225L French barrels. Post fermentation the barrels and oval were stirred twice weekly to help build texture and balance. A portion of barrels underwent malolactic fermentation. After 10 months aging on lees, the wine was blended, stabilised and filtered.

Download Yealands Estate Winemaker's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Tasting Notes (PDF 552k)

Food & Wine Matching

POULTRY

Chicken, Turkey, Duck

MOLLUSC

Oyster, Mussel, Clam

FISH

Tuna, Snapper, Cod, Trout

CRUSTACEANS

Prawn, Crab, Crayfish

Awards

GOLD
2017 Sydney International Wine Challenge
2017 New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition
2014 Sydney International Wine Competition

2012 International Wine Challenge
2011 Marlborough Wine Show

SILVER
2013 International Wine Challenge
2012 Decanter World Wine Awards
2011 New Zealand International Wine Show
2010 New Zealand International Wine Show
2010 Royal Hobart Show

Product Reviews

ZESTER DAILY
Adam Lechmere United Kingdom August 2014

Yealands Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Classic sweaty nose with gooseberry, intense and powerful palate with dancing acidity. Lovely fresh, fearlessly classic Marlborough Sauvignon.
zesterdaily.com

New Zealand Herald, Viva
Jo Burzynska New Zealand 11 January 2012
"The resultant wine has nice savoury flavours with a mineral finish." "Though most mainstream sauvignon is made in inert steel vats, this exciting Awatere example has seen a portion fermented in oak. The result is a wine with considerable weight and richness, with notes of asparagus, smoke and lime leading to a long minerally finish."

Sommelier Wine Awards 2013 BRONZE
15 May 2013

 "Great texture and lovely depth,' said The Harrow at Little Bedwyn's Roger Jones. There's a touch of creamy vanilla on the palate, with luscious, ripe clean fruit – think custard apples. Exceptional, elegant wine with character." 

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