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Find out from our Winemaking Team, how this year's Harvest shaped up, and what to expect from our 2018 wines. We can't wait to bring them to you!


The growing season started warm and dry, which aided nice even flowering and ultimately balanced vines with the right amount of crop to see them through to harvest. Spring and summer were wetter than usual but warm, with spring-like growth throughout the summer, resulting in an increased focus on canopy management with extra trimming and leaf plucking required to maintain our style in the finished wines. 

The warmer weather meant we started our harvest mid-March, around two weeks earlier than in previous years, with some fantastic Awatere Valley Pinot Noir, GrĂ¼ner Veltliner and some earlier blocks of Pinot Gris all making it into the winery in superb condition and full of ripe varietal characters. 

Whilst the region experienced unsettled weather periods over the typical harvesting window, our early start meant we were well ahead and in a great position with our team and resources to ensure our entire crop was harvested in advance of the mid-April rain.

Harvest & Into the Winery

We harvested some beautiful Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris in early April, with the Seaview Vineyard again proving to be the jewel in the crown. The blocks were harvested full of flavour, with naturally balanced acidity and lovely weight. Once in the winery we kept each vineyard block separate to ensure the terroir from our vineyard was given the chance to show its true potential, providing the ultimate blending options each year allowing consistency in style and quality across all of our wines.

Now that fermentation is complete, the grading and blending process has begun, revealing some exceptional wines in tank. The highlights are Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, all demonstrating great varietal expression and concentration. 

We are continuing to push the boundaries in the winery and this year have fermented a number of wines in concrete eggs, producing outstanding texture and weight.  These wines will be released later in the year along with our inaugural Marlborough Chardonnay produced from twenty-two year old vines in the upper Awatere Valley, so keep an eye out for these.

We are really excited about releasing the new vintage wines this year, and believe we have something to suit everyone, and every occasion!


The Yealands Winemaking Team

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