Yealands are celebrating success after receiving a gold medal for their 2017 Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc at the 2017 Romeo Bragato Wine Awards, announced at the annual conference held in Marlborough on 31st August.
The Romeo Bragato Wine Awards are considered by many to be the first wine show for new vintage wines, a chance for wineries to see how they compare to other wines in the same class. This year, a panel of 12 wine experts from New Zealand, and one international judge from Australia, tasted their way through over 450 wines.
Yealands received the highest award for a 2017 Sauvignon Blanc in this year’s competition and were awarded a total of eight medals, including a further two gold medals for The Crossings Grüner Veltliner 2016 and Talisman Syrah 2014, and silver medals for The Crossings Wild Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Grüner Veltliner 2016 and Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2016.
“This is a great result for our new vintage Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc,” said Jeff Fyfe, Chief Winemaker for Yealands. “Receiving the highest award for a 2017 Sauvignon Blanc in this competition is a testament to the whole vineyard and winemaking team who deliver exceptional quality year after year. Fantastic to also see The Crossings Grüner Veltliner and Talisman Syrah being recognised with gold medals.”
The Romeo Bragato Wine Awards “recognise the grower for viticultural excellence and acknowledges that growing excellent grapes is the foundation of making wines of true quality.” The competition is now in its 23rd year, but this was the first year that all wines entered had to be single vineyard wines.