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Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

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Our Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley is New Zealand's most coastal vineyard. Here our vines battle against the elements producing small berries with thick skins and wonderfully rich and intense flavours.

Our Yealands Estate Pinot Noir has notes of dark cherry, violets and spice dominate the nose. The palate is full and structured, yet elegant with flavours of luscious dark cherry balanced with a fine mineral acidity.
Tasting Notes

Bouquet: Notes of dark cherry, violets and spice dominate the nose.
Palate: The palate is full and structured, yet elegant with flavours of luscious dark cherry balanced with a fine mineral acidity.
Food Match: This wine matches beautifully with red meat dishes, including venison and lamb.
Dietary Information: This wine is suitable for vegetarians and gluten free diets.
Cellaring Recommendation: Drink now or cellar 3-5 years.

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. Conditions over the flowering period were stable, creating nice even crop levels in the vineyards which translated into wines with great concentration and texture. Our Pinot Noir was harvested in excellent condition and resulting wines are showing the wonderful typicity that our Seaview Vineyard is known for – lifted fruit flavours in the red berry spectrum balanced with earthy savoury notes, vibrancy, purity and structure.

Our Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley is exposed to some of the toughest growing conditions in Marlborough; high sunshine and wind, cool nights and low rainfall which produces a smaller, thicker skinned berry with intense fruit flavours.This wine is sourced from two different locations in our Seaview Vineyard and both are a mixture of Dijon clones 777 and 667. One site, that was picked on the 1st of April is our flattest and one of the most sheltered parts of the vineyard. It is only 2m above sea level and is 1km away from the ocean. The other location was picked on the 14th of April and it is an exposed ridge, 150m above sea level that drops down a north facing slope to a sheltered gully. The unique micro climates within the block ensure low yields which consistently produces Pinot Noir with good structure and flavour.

Winemaker:Jeff Fyfe
Harvest Date: 1st April and 14th April 2016
Winemaking Analysis: Alc 13.5% pH 3.67 TA 4.9 RS 1.4g/l
The two parcels were picked two weeks apart, when the fruit was showing perfect ripeness and balanced fruit flavours. The parcels were cold macerated at 6–8 degrees for 5 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. Post primary fermentation the parcels were gently pressed off, settled for 24 hours then racked off heavy lees and aged in a mixture of large format French oak cuves and barriques. The wine remained in oak for 9 months and was then stabilised and filtered prior to bottling.


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Food & Wine Matching


Beef, Lamb, Venison



Chicken, Turkey, Duck


Brie, Mascarpone, Crème Fraiche


2016 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

2012 Sydney International Wine Competition

2017 International Wine Challenge
2016 Asia Wine Trophy
2016 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition
2014 Mundus Vini
2013 Berliner Wein Trophy

2013 Romeo Bragato Wine Awards

2015 International Wine & Spirit Competition
2015 International Wine Challenge
2014 Spiegelau International Wine Competition
2014 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Competition
2014 International Wine Challenge
2014 Decanter World Wine Awards
2013 Sommelier Wine Awards
2011 New Zealand International Wine Show

Product Reviews

Wine Spectator – 92 Points
“A plush and supple red, brimming with flavors of raspberry coulis, cherry, rosemary, dried rose petal, forest floor and smoky black tea. Harmonious, focused and pure, with nice persistence on the finish, where pepper and citrus peel hints chime in.”

Sommelier Wine Awards 2013 SILVER
15 May 2013
'Smoky notes partner generous cherry and red berry flavours, graphite and kirsch on the nose, leading to 'a spicy, juicy palate with great concentration and a long length' said Philippe Moranges of Hakkasan Hanway Place. 'Lovely boysenberry ice cream and texture on the palate,' said consultant Robert Giorgione. 

Peter McCombie MW 1 February 2013

“Some tarry oak, dark fruit, cherries, youthful, structured with some ambition and a little tannic grip, balanced by sweet fruit. Drink 2013-2018.”

Daily Mail Mathew Duke
United Kingdom 3 March 2012

“I know you shouldn’t judge a wine by its label, but this bottle looks stunning and the wine inside is equally dreamy, too. A succulent, black cherry-soaked pinot, with a heavenly texture and some glorious spice notes, this is a wonderful treat and a lovely wine to drink with roast chicken.”

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