October - Our wine of the month is Yealands Pinot Noir
Our wine of the month is Yealands Pinot Noir
There are plenty of Kiwi Pinots that are a little overdone; too heavy on the fruit and oak. This is not one of them and shows just what NZ can do with this noble variety. Fruit stays in the red camp: redcurrants, raspberries and strawberries. The oak is subtle, just hinting at vanilla and chocolate underneath. Mid weight yet elegant, this is a super New World Pinot Noir.
New Zealand is better known for it's Sauvignon Blanc but it does so much more than just this one variety. Over recent years, the big NZ had been carving out a name for itself when it comes to Pinot Noir. Perhaps most associated with Central Otago on the south island it also grows in Marlborough. New Zealand Pinot sits somewhere between the gamey, sous bois elegance of Burgundy and the big, mouthfilling wines of Oregon. Oak is used to great effect here, merely adding a subtle layer of complexity and allowing the beautiful pure and ripe Pinot fruit to really sing.
Established in 1998, Yealands are one of the world's cleanest and greenest wineries. They have been carbon neutral for a few years already but this year have actually become carbon negative. Their winery hosts NZ's largest solar array and they use their own vine cuttings, and those of their neighbours, to power their furnace. Alongside the green credentials, they use minimal intervention techniques to allow each wine to really speak of is 'terroir'. These are wines of character, calibre and authenticity.
Style - Red, Smooth, Medium Bodied.
What you need to know: Grapes - Pinot Noir Country - New Zealand Region - Marlborough Colour - Red Vintage - 2016 ABV - 13.50 Bottle Size - 75cl Closure Type - Screwcap