These parcels of fruit have been selected from of our Awatere Valley river terrace blocks that are so well suited to high quality Pinot Noir production. We work very hard in the vineyard to minimise crop levels and this fruit gets quite a bit of sun exposure to sufficiently ripen the tannins and all aspects of the wine. What intrigues me about this wine is the beautiful floral notes and elegance. We used no new oak barrels with this Pinot Noir to allow the heady perfumed characters of the wine shine through. An elegant Pinot Noir showing ripe red fruit and floral characters enhanced by well integrated oak and a velvety texture.
- Dietary information
- Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and a gluten free diet.
- Cellaring Information
- Drink now, or cellar up to 10 years.
The parcels were cold macerated at 6–8 degrees for six days before being warmed and inoculated with selected yeast. A fast, hot fermentation proceeded with regular hand plunging to craft a wine with elegance and structure. The wine was aged for 12 months in French barriques in a selection from my favourite coopers. Malolatic fermentation commenced naturally during spring. The blend received no fining and was lightly filtered prior to bottling.
The Willowflat Vineyard comprises of a North facing slope that has an altitude of 180 metres above sea level, 14km from the coast. The soils are free draining river gravels with a top loess layer. The wines are characterised by an intense, dark fruit profile, plush tannins, but also a mineral lift that gives the palate focus and length.
Leave the land better than we found it
At Yealands, we aim to leave the land better than we found it. We achieve this through a wide range of initiatives and on-going projects including developing wetlands, making our own special compost and using natural pest control measures in our vineyard.