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Located in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough, Yealands Family Wines produces award-winning wines in harmony with nature. Yealands Family wines is the culmination of the vision, dedication and hard work of Peter Yealands--a New Zealand pioneer with the goal of creating delicious wines and the world’s most sustainable winery. His motto to “think boldly, tread lightly and never say it cannot be done” guides every initiative at the estate. The wines are produced from vineyards in the Awatere...
The 2016 growing season started out incredibly dry, with some predicting a severe drought. Fortunately some nonseasonal rains in February set the vines up for a great final ripening period. March and April were very consistent, with warm and dry weather experienced throughout Marlborough allowing a harvest that wasn’t dictated by the weather. All varieties were able to be picked at optimal ripeness and in good time. Conditions over the flowering period were stable creating nice even crop levels in the vineyards which translated into wines with great concentration and texture. The Sauvignon Blanc from this vintage is showing the wonderful typicity that Yealands' Seaview Vineyard is known for – highly aromatic fruit flavours of blackcurrant leaf and citrus blossom with a vibrant palate that is pure with an elegant mineral finish.
Carefully selected parcels from the Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley were harvested individually over a two week period. At the winery, the fruit was crushed, destemmed and gently pressed. The juice was cold settled for 72 hours, after which the clear juice was racked off, followed by a long cool fermentation in stainless steel to capture and enhance the fruit flavours. Each of the individual parcels were fermented separately using a range of selected yeasts, after which the wine was blended, stabilized and filtered in preparation for bottling.
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Bright, very pale straw colour, with slight green hues. The nose is elegant and well-proportioned with soft aromas of pungent passionfruit melded harmoniously with notes of tropical fruits, fresh herbs and suggestions of minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a rounded, dense and relatively deep and concentrated core of pungent passionfruit, green capsicums and herbs. The flavours ae up-front and the palate has the energy and body to form a soft-textured, positively driven core, with lacy acidity providing liveliness. The wine carries to an elegant, lingering finish of passionfruit and herbs. This is an up-front, soft and rounded, well-packed Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, herb and capsicum flavours with good freshness.See detailed press review