Yealands Estates Land Made wines tell the story of New Zealand’s leading wine regions from alluvial plains and windswept coastlines to spectacular mountain ranges. For this collection, our winemakers allow the land to tell its own story, skilfully combining individual parcels of fruit to produce wines that are reflective of their distinctive origin.
Bouquet: Lifted notes of cherries and ripe red berries with toasty aromas and savory spice.
Palate: The juicy, red fruit flavors lead into a supple palate, with soft tannins.
Food Match: Beautifully matched with lamb and vension.
Dietary: Suitable for vegetarians and a gluten free diet.
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar 2-4 years.
The 2018 growing season started out warm and dry, resulting in even flowering and ultimately balanced vines with the right amount of crop to get them through to harvest. These conditions extended through into the summer months, with periodic rains which kept the vines hydrated throughout the growing season. These warmer conditions also meant harvest started around two weeks earlier than the previous year. Yealands Pinot Noir was harvested in excellent condition and the resulting wine shows wonderful lifted fruit flavors in the berry spectrum balanced with savory notes, vibrancy, purity and structure.
Winemaker: Natalie Christensen
Harvest Date: 19th March – 8th April 2018
Winemaking Analysis: Alc 13.5% | pH 3.20 | TA 7.1 | RS 3.0g/l
Our low yielding Pinot Noir blocks were harvested at optimum ripeness. The parcels were cold macerated before being warmed and inoculated with selected yeasts. A fast, hot fermentation proceeded with regular plunging to craft a wine with elegance and balance. The parcels were gently pressed off after fermentation, with a short period of post ferment maceration to achieve the desired tannin balance. The wine was aged with French oak while undergoing malolactic fermentation. It was then blended, stabilized and filtered prior to bottling.