Babydoll Sparkling Pinot Gris Blush by Yealands Family Wines has been awarded a Double Gold at the 2018 Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards, along with another two Gold medals for Babydoll Sauvignon Blanc 2017 and Yealands Estate Winemaker’s Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016.
Only in its fifth year, the Sakura Japan Women’s Wine Awards is the largest international wine competition in Japan and is judged solely by professional female judges in the industry. This year 4,342 entries were made, with fewer than half receiving an award. Of the 271 Double Gold medals awarded, just nine went to New Zealand. The top award, the prestigious Diamond Trophy, will be awarded to a few select Double Gold winners at the FOODEX2018 ceremony held in Japan on the 6th March.
The Babydoll wine range is named after the rare miniature Babydoll sheep introduced to Yealands Estate in 2009 as a natural way to keep the vine rows tidy. The sheep reduce the need to mow with tractors, which in turn reduces the vineyard’s carbon emissions. The range has shown great appeal in both quality of taste and unique brand story, capturing the attention of consumers and experts alike.
“Babydoll Sparkling Blush was only introduced to the range around six months ago, so it’s really exciting to see it pick up a Double Gold at Japan’s largest international wine show,” says Natalie Christensen, Senior Winemaker for Yealands. “The wine has these amazing floral characters with a delicate peachy aroma and fine persistent bubbles. It’s become a big favourite amongst our Babydoll fans.”