Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Yealands
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
CountryNew Zealand
RegionAwatere Valley
Grape Varieties100% Pinot Noir
AppellationMarlborough
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  • 92 Points
    Wine Spectator September 2015
BackgroundBased in the Awatere Valley, the southernmost, coolest and driest of Marlborough's growing regions, Yealands is one of only a handful of wineries around the world to be certified as carbon neutral and the first-ever to be certified from inception. The estate was founded on 08-08-08 by dynamic environmental entrepreneur and iconic figure Peter Yealands. Combining the very latest cutting-edge green technology and highly innovative thinking, the Yealands name quickly became synonymous with a passion for crafting ultra-premium wines in the most environmentally-friendly manner. Comprising 133 vineyards blocks on 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres), Yealands sustainable Seaview estate is designed with biological diversity in mind. Alongside the vineyards, 25 wetlands and more than 175,000 types of native flora support an ever-increasing range of fauna. Peters motto of Think Boldly, Tread Lightly and Never Say it Can't Be Done guides his dedication to the land. His holistic approach to constantly-evolving sustainable vine growing practices has not only garnered global acclaim for beautifully crafted wines, but also admiration for his visionary tenacity. In 2014, Yealands was selected as the 2014 Green Company of the Year by The Drinks Business.
VinificationThe low yielding Pinot Noir was stainless steel fermented with malolactic fermentation divided between stainless steel (30%) and French oak (70%) with 20% new followed by a light egg white fining, blending and filtering prior to bottling.
ColorRuby red
NoseNotes of black cherry, violets and spice dominate the nose.
PalateThe palate is full and structured, yet elegant with flavors of luscious, dark, ripe cherry balanced by a fine, minerally acidity. Aging in French oak barrels has imparted a savory, spicy note to the wine.
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.5 %pH: 3.7RS: <1.0 g/LTA: 6.0 g/L
Serving SuggestionsThis wine will pair beautifully with red meat dishes including duck, venison and lamb.