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