Refined and well-spiced, with accents of paprika to the hot stone, red currant and dried berry flavors. Hints of white pepper midpalate lead to cedary notes on the minerally finish. Drink now through 2025. 3.214 cases made, 800 cases imported.-K.M.
The aroma of this brandy is pure concentrated vanilla richness, while the palate is more drying and complex. Soft vanilla and toffee give way to hints of red fruit, orange peel and oak, leading into a long finish marked by cinnamon and clove.-K.N.
A vividly fresh sauvignon, sourced from the Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley. Fresh tropical and citrus fruit abounds and there’s an attractively mouthwatering edge to the finish. Drink now. Screw cap.-J.S.
This has some more complex style than the other Yealands 2019, packed with blueberry and violet aromas, some blood orange, as well as toasty and spicy oak. The palate has a plush, easygoing feel and holds smooth, fleshy dark-cherry flavor. Drink now. Screw cap.-J.S.
From a warm vintage, the Awatere-sourced 2019 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir seems to have benefited, as it doesn't show much of the region's typical green edge. On the nose, black cherries accented by hints of cola and spice abound, while the medium-bodied palate is concentrated and silky-textured, with a gently tannic finish that should support at least a few years of aging. -RP
The 2020 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc boasts potent, pungent scents of boxwood, passion fruit, and grapefruit balanced by riper hints of nectarine and fig. Medium-bodied and plump on the pea-tinged mid-palate, there's an intriguing soft chalkiness to the texture on the citrusy finish. It's a solid effort that captures the complexities of the Awatere Valley. -RP
Structured, with graphite and white pepper notes to the blackberry tart and dark plum flavors. Accents of dried green herbal notes linger on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 82,000 cases made, 6,000 cases imported.