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Good Company 2016 On-Premise Releases for Yealands

03 July,2017
The Yealands Wine Group is one of Marlborough and New Zealand’s most significant wine companies. Headed by Peter Yealands, it prides itself on innovation and commitment to sustainability as well as any large company can do, and it does so, successfully. All of its brands and tiers adhere to the standards set in these aspects. The creation of specific brands for specific markets is one of the methods of gaining a greater exposure in the marketplace, and Yealands have created ‘Good Company’ as their new on-premise label. It acknowledges that wine is made to be enjoyed in ‘good company’. The wines utilise fruit from Hawke’s Bay as well as Marlborough. Here, I review the new releases. As the wines are for the on-premise market, I note the RRPs are nominal. www.yealands.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Good Company Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

17/20
Bright pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is softly full with gentle, pungent passionfruit aromas harmoniously melded with cut grass, fresh herbs and nettles. The aromatics build in depth and intensity with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has up-front, soft and gently mouthfilling flavours of passionfruit, nettles and herbs. The palate is smooth and even, with light phenolic textures providing some grip, and soft acidity enlivens the mouthfeel. The wine carries to a soft, light finish of passionfruit and cut grass. This is a soft, gentle, up-front Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, nettle, cut grass and herbal flavours. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the company’s vineyards in the Awatere and Wairau Valleys, cool-fermented in tank to 12.5% alc. and 4.2 g/L RS. 17.0/20 Jul 2017 RRP $38.00

Good Company Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

17+/20
Bright pale straw colour with slight green hues. The nose is fresh and tightly bound with aromas of white stonefruits lifted by subtle exotic floral notes, rose-petals, and nuances of honeysuckle, that show with good depth and intensity. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has good depth and proportion, with moderately concentrated flavours of white stonefruits with subtle notes of exotic florals, and suggestions of honeysuckle. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively with lacy acidity, and the wine flows with plenty of drive along a fine, taut core and line, leading to a fresh, crisp finish. This is a crisp and lively dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit and floral flavours on a taut, linear palate. Match with Asian fare over the next 2-3 years. Fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 3.8 g/L RS. 17.0+/20 Jul 2017 RRP $38.00

Good Company Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

16.5/20
Bright staw-yellow colour with slight lemon-green hues. This has a light, fresh nose of citrus fruits and white stonefruits entwined with delicate nuances of spicy and nutty lees and oak, and suggestions of lemon curd. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a moderately concentrated heart with citrus fruit and stonefruit flavours, along with subtle notes of spice and nutty oak. The mouthfeel is fresh and zesty with crisp acidity, and the wine flows along a tight, but soft-textured line with some length. This is a fresh and zesty Chardonnay with citrussy fruit and subtle oak-like flavours. Match with mot white meat dishes over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from Korokipo, Crownthorpe, Bridge Pa and Mangatahi, fermented in a range of vessels to 13.5% alc. and 1.5 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees with batonnage. 16.5-/20 Jul 2017 RRP $38.00

Good Company Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2016

Rose from New Zealand – Hawke’s Bay

16+/20
Moderately deep cerise-pink colour, lighter on the edge with slight purple hues. This has an up-front, firmly packed nose with aromas of cherries, and raspberries and cream, along with some confectionary lift. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has full and up-front flavours of raspberry and cherry confectionary. The mouthfeel is soft and gently textured with some underlying phenolics, and the acidity is balanced and integrated. The flavours form a firm core and are carried with good linearity to a finish of raspberries and confectionary. This is an up-front, dry rosé with cherry, raspberry and confectionary flavours and a softly-textured palate with a firm core. Serve as an aperitif and with antipasto over the next 2 years. Based on Merlot, the fruit was given brief skin contact and fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 2.8 g/L RS. 16.0+/20 Jun 2017 RRP $38.00

Good Company Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5/20
Even, light ruby-red colour, paler on the rim with slight garnet hues. The nose is soft and light, but fresh with aromas of dark-red cherry and raspberry fruit harmoniously entwined with subtle dark herb elements and a suggestion of whole berry fermentation jam hints. Medium-full bodied, the palate has a moderately concentrated and firm core with lively flavours of dark raspberries and cherries, melded with dark herb notes. The mouthfeel is enlivened by lacy acidity and the palate supported by supple tannins that allow the fruit to prevail. The wine carries with good linearity to a raspberry and herb nuanced finish. This is a moderately concentrated, fresh and lively Pinot Noir with cherry and raspberry fruit along with herb notes, underlined by light tannins. Serve with antipasto, poultry and pork over the next 3 years. Fruit fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged with French oak. 16.5/20 Jul 2017 RRP $46.00
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