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16th November 2020

Let's talk reviews!

It’s set to be this summer’s hot favourite! Our new Yealands Reserve Rosé 2020 has received 5 stars from Sam Kim at Wine Orbit, 5 stars from Angie Atkinson, aka The Wine Writer, and 91 points/4 stars from NZ’s first Master of Wine, Bob Campbell MW. Cameron Douglas MS also featured this “silky-textured” Rosé as one of his top picks for the festive season in MiNDFOOD’s latest issue. But it’s not the only member of the Yealands family getting attention.

Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019 picked up 93 points from Cameron Douglas MS, 93 points/4 stars from Bob Campbell MW and 5 stars from Angie Atkinson, with Yealands Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2020 also receiving two 5 star reviews and a 94 point review.

It’s a bit like all our Christmases have come at once, but rather than watching us unwrap our presents, why not take a look below at our latest reviews and maybe even pick up a gift for yourself!

Bob Campbell

• Yealands Estate Single Block Sauvignon Blanc L5 2019 – Gold Ribbon, 95/100

• Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019 - 93 Points/4 Stars

"Juicy, fruit-forward pinot noir with tangy cassis, blackberry, liquorice and subtle spicy oak flavours supported by lively acidity. A very appealing and accessible wine that represents good value at this price."

• Yealands Reserve Pinot Noir 2019 - 93 Points/4 Stars

"Attractively supple pinot noir with luscious cherry, plum, cassis, red rose and delicately spicy flavours. A gentle thread of bright, crisp acidity breathes energy into the wine. Accessible now. Good value at this price."

• Yealands Riesling 2019 – Wine of the Week

• Yealands Estate Single Vineyard PGR 2019 – 92 Points/4 Stars

"An unusual blend of pinot gris, riesling and gewürztraminer - each fermented separately. Tangy, mouth-watering wine with tree fruit and pear flavours from pinot gris, crisp acidity from riesling and an exotic floral hint from gewürztraminer. An intriguing and appealing wine. Cellar: 2020–2025."

• Yealands Reserve Rosé 2020 - 91 Points/4 Stars

" A blend of pinot gris and pinot noir with delicate red rose petal, pear, crushed raspberry and subtle strawberry flavours. A dry, silken-textured rosé with an appealing soft, fresh finish. Cellar: 2020–2023."

• Yealands Rosé 2020 – 91 Points/4 Stars

"Made from pinot gris grown in Marlborough with a small addition of Hawke's Bay merlot for colour and complexity. Pale pink-orange. Delicately succulent rosé with pear, apple and honeysuckle flavours. Dry with a hint of spice. An appealing rosé that offers value at this price. Cellar: 2020–2023"

• Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Gruner Veltliner 2019 – 91Points/4 Stars

"Delicate, tangy grüner veltliner with citrus, grapefruit, lime, white pepper and a hint of white flowers and saline and oyster-shell character supported by mouth-watering acidity. Cellar: 2020–2025"

• Yealands Reserve Chardonnay 2019 – 90 Points/4 Stars

" Gentle chardonnay with a creamy texture and peach, nectarine, hazelnut, ginger and baguette crust flavours, together with slightly spicy oak. Soft acidity balances a hint of sweetness. Good value at this price. Cellar: 2020–2024"

Wine Orbit- AKA Sam Kim

• Yealands Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2020 - 5 stars

• Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2020 – 5 stars

• Yealands Rosé 2020 – 5 stars

• Yealands Reserve Rosé 2020 – 5 stars

Cameron Douglas MS

• Yealands Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2020 - 94 Points

"Bold and very expressive with aromas of fruits and fresh herbs, pineapple and mango, apple and grapefruit, sage and basil. Crisp, tense, dry and well made with a core of ripe citrus and tree fruits, layers of tropical fruit and savoury herbs accentuated by youthful razor-sharp acidity. Well made with a lengthy finish. Best drinking from today and through 2023."

• Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2020 - 91 Points

"Fruity, ripe, varietal and inviting aromas of sweet herbs and tropical fruits, then citrus, apple and a quiet savoury core of herb and hay. Crisp and refreshing with plenty of acidity and tension contrasted by a core of fruit reflecting the nose - citrus and tropical then apple. Balanced, crunchy textures, fresh and well made. Best from today and through 2022."

• Yealands Estate Single Vineyard P.G.R. 2019 - 91 Points

"A blend of Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Riesling - the aromas of each attract attention with exotic fruits and spices then citrus, apple and flowers. Fleshy, fruity and lite creamy textures on the palate, an array of fruit flavours, with contrasting acidity. A flashy almost luscious wine ready to enjoy from today and through 2022."

• Yealands Riesling 2019 - 90 Points

"Very aromatic bouquet with aromas of flowers and sweet scented fruits. Off-dry on the palate, but immediately contrasted with acidity and flavours of apples and lemons, pears and flowers. There's a light honey note adding a natural sweetness to the finish. Ready to enjoy from today and through 2025."

• Yealands Pinot Noir 2019 - 90 Points

"There's no mistaking aromatic pull of Pinot Noir with the bouquet of raspberry and plum, dark velvet roses then baking spice of toasty oak. Fleshy and fruity, youthful and vibrant on the palate with flavours of red currants, berries and plums. Wood spices return with fine dusty tannins and medium+ acidity. Well made and ready to enjoy on its own or with food from today and through 2023."

• Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019 - 93 Points

• Yealands Reserve Pinot Noir 2019 - 92 Points

The Wine Writer – AKA Angie Atkinson

• Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Marlborough – 5 Stars

"This vegetarian and vegan friendly wine is a blend of fruit taken from the Awatere and Wairau Valley vineyards. Fermented as separate parcels in stainless steel using a range of selected of yeasts that enhance the varietal characters of Sauvignon Blanc. A pale lemon colour with lively aromas of gooseberry, mandarin, nectarine, and white florals with freshly cut herbs. A high impact palate bursting with grapefruit, passionfruit, lemon, and crushed stone minerality with intense cleansing acidity and a long finish."

• Yealands Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Marlborough – 5 Stars

"Parcels from the Seaview vineyard in the Awatere Valley, that are in close proximity to the sea, were used in the production of this Reserve wine. The grapes were destemmed, gently pressed, and fermented with inoculated yeasts in stainless steel. A complex nose filled with passionfruit, citrus, tomato leaf and gooseberry. The flavours of apple, lemon, and passionfruit are pure and concentrated on the rounded texture of the wine. Mouth-watering acidity and a salty mineral finish linger on the palate. This wine would be perfect with whole baked fish served with tomato and fennel salad. "

• Yealands Single Block L5 Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Marlborough – 5 Stars

"The coastal location of the L5 Block on the Seaview Vineyard means it is one of the last to be harvested. Intense ripe, juicy aromas of mandarin, grapefruit, Granny Smith apple, and herbal notes, with touches of passionfruit and sea salt. The dry palate is structured and lean with citrus, apple and mineral characters, high impact acidity and a fresh finish. This wine would be perfect with fried calamari served with fresh rocket and aioli."

• Yealands Rose 2020 Marlborough – 5 Stars

"Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris are used in the production of this rose wine. The Pinot Noir has extended skin contact in the press to extract the desired colour and flavour profiles whilst the Pinot Gris is gently pressed and cold settled before fermentation. A cute bubble gum pink colour with lovely, bright aromas of raspberry, crunchy red cherries, juicy lemon with a creamy undertone. A softly textured wine with gentle citrus, apple, floral notes, and a fresh, vibrant acidity leading the way to a long finish."

• Yealands Reserve Rose 2020 Marlborough – 5 Stars

"Produced at the Toitu carbon zero winery in the Awatere Valley, this vegan wine is a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Pale pink with a salmon hue. Delicious aromas of savoury strawberry, wild raspberry, cranberry and rose petals. This is a complex wine with layers of red fruits, spice, and mineral notes. A serious rose that is incredibly versatile, enjoy on its own or with a wide range of seafood, charcuterie, or Asian dishes."

• Yealands Reserve Pinot Noir 2019 Marlborough – 4 ½ Stars

"2019 was a long and hot vintage in Marlborough producing concentrated, high impact wines. Grapes taken from low yielding vines in the Awatere Valley were fermented with inoculated yeast strains and delicate cap management used. Aged in French oak barrels. Medium ruby with a slight touch of purple. A blend of red and dark fruit with crushed red rose petals and oak derived spices on the nose. A soft and supple wine with flavours of juicy cherry and raspberry with dark plum and baking spices. The barely there tannins and lifted acidity leads into a long finish containing touches of chocolate."

• Yealands Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019 Marlborough – 5 Stars

"Separate parcels of fruit are fermented using a combination of wild and inoculated yeasts. Gently pressed and aged in a mixture of French oak barriques and cuves for eight months. Vegetarian and vegan friendly. Stunning, bright crimson in colour. Pop the lamb in the oven now and put this wine in the decanter! The powerful aromas jump from the glass, juicy plum, boysenberry, smoky oak, and a touch of savouriness. Richly textured and flavoured, ripe red and dark fruit, and spice with a subtle tannin structure and a long and deliciously fruit driven finish."

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