Yealands Wine Group have today received a further two gold medals for their top Pinot Noirs, awarded at the UK’s International Wine Challenge (IWC) 2017 Tranche 1. One gold medal was awarded to Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015, continuing this wine’s fantastic year having already received a trophy at both the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition and the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. The second gold medal went to Yealands Estate Winemaker’s Reserve Gibbston Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015, which was also a Blue-Gold winner at the 2017 Sydney International Wine Competition.
The IWC is touted as the “world's finest and most meticulously judged wine competition” which assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage. Every year the competition is split into two tranches to accommodate differing production and sales schedules across the industry. In all, Yealands received forty medals in the first tranche, their best results to date in this competition across one tranche only.
Chief Winemaker for Yealands, Jeff Fyfe, was extremely satisfied with the result. “This seems to be the year for our Pinot Noirs!” He said. “I’m really happy to see our Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, from the Awatere Valley pick up another gold medal, especially from such a well-respected international competition. This is testament to the vineyard team and the exceptional quality of fruit they continue to deliver year after year. Our Winemaker’s Reserve Pinot Noir from the Gibbston Valley in Central Otago is a great expression from this special region, we love having the opportunity to work with exceptional fruit from the top Pinot Noir sub-regions in New Zealand. I really encourage you to try these wines, we love making them, and with the international recognition they have been receiving lately, it confirms that our style is being enjoyed globally.”
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Wines come from the Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley in Marlborough. The region is known for its harsh growing conditions with strong coastal breezes, high sunshine hours, cold nights and very little rainfall. As a result the berries are small with thick-skins and intense fruit flavours. The Pinot Noir comes from a block high up on a ridge with its own, unique micro-climate, producing low-yielding but consistent Pinot Noir with good structure and flavour.