2016 Yealands Estate, “Winemaker’s Reserve”, Pinot Noir, Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand


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Roving Sommelier is passionate about premium quality New Zealand regional wines. Award-winning sommelier, Robert Giorgione is also a New Zealand Wine Brand Ambassador and enthusiastically goes about his work with great passion and knowledge and positively promotes all the New Zealand winegrowers that he represents.

Located in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough, Yealands Estate has become one of my most favourite New Zealand vineyards. They first came onto my wine radar back in 2009 and 2010 when I met Peter Yealands and his marketing director Simon Kelly when they presented their wines for the first time internationally at a prestigious wine event in London. At the time I was working for New Zealand Wine Growers and the focus for most of us presenting New Zealand wines was the 2008 vintage, which was one of the biggest ever. Tamra Washington was the winemaker and over the years we struck up a good friendship. I have also visited the winery in 2014, when Tamra showed me around the winery and most of the vineyards located in the Awatere Valley, including the legendary Seaview vineyard right on the coast. Situated further south from most of the Marlborough vineyards (mainly around the township of Blenheim), the Awatere Valley is much cooler – an important factor for building bright and pristine fruit flavours, texture, and natural acidity. Both Tamra and Simon have now left Yealands and including getting married and having a family are currently working on their own wine projects, including still consulting at Seresin Estate. Natalie Christensen is the current winemaker at Yealands Estate, and for me, their wines have gone on to be better than ever.

The reward of an exceptional vintage is the ability to create remarkable wines from individual parcels of fruit. Subtle winemaker influence complements the natural flavours from the vineyard producing complex wines with remarkable texture and intensity. Grapes were hand-harvested then underwent regular hand plunging before being gently pressed into a selection of first, second, and third-year French oak barrels for 12 months. An elegant Pinot Noir showing ripe red fruit and floral characters enhanced by well-integrated oak and a velvety texture.

Best enjoyed in a convivial atmosphere.

Alcohol: 14% abv (75cl)

Closure: Screwcap

Grape variety: Pinot Noir

Flavour Profile: Clean, Fresh, Dry, Medium-bodied, Vibrant, Aromatic, Fruit-driven, Cherry, Plum, Elegant, Mouth-watering acidity.