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Yealands Estate Winemaker's Reserve Awatere Valley Pinot Noir 2016

Yealands Estate Winemaker's Reserve Awatere Valley Pinot Noir 2016

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$39.95 (RRP)
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per six-bottle case
$239.70 (RRP)
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These parcels of fruit have been selected from two 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. 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.

Tasting Notes


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)

Food & Wine Matching


Beef, Lamb, Venison



Chicken, Turkey, Duck


Brie, Mascarpone, Crème Fraiche


International Wine Challenge 2015
Marlborough Pinot Noir Trophy 

The Marlborough Wine Show 2015
Champion Pinot Noir 2014 Trophy

2018 International Wine & Spirits Competition

Product Reviews

Full-bodied with rich plum fruit laced with oaky spice and a good long finish.
4 Stars
1 October 2014

There’s a real beauty to this wine. It’s fresh, juicy and elegant with nice grainy structure under the sweet red and black cherry fruit. They key here is the mouthfeel: it’s so rounded and elegant and pure. 95/100
Jamie Goode's Wine Blog Jamie Goode
17 March 2015

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