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Good Company 2017 Sauvignon, Pinot Gris and Rosé, and Baby Doll Sparkling Blush

01 November,2017
‘Good Company’ and ‘Baby Doll’ are brands for Yealands Estate. The ‘Good Company’ wines are a 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. The ‘Baby Doll’ wines are named after the miniature sheep employed in the vineyards by Yealands, and reflects the integration of winemaking with care for the environment, a stance that Peter Yealands has taken with his business. www.yealands.co.nz  www.babydollwines.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Good Company Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5-/20
Bright pale straw yellow colour with light green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh, elegant and softly full with aromas of fresh herbs, nettles and cut grass with some passionfruit adding interest, along with some mouthwatering mineral suggestions.. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has restrained flavours of nettles, cut grass, fresh herbs and passionfruit, but good vinous presence and a mouthfilling amalgam of fruit flavours and gentle phenolic textures. The acidity is lacy and refreshing, and harmoniously presented, carrying the wine to a soft, light finish. This is a softly full and gently flavoured Sauvignon Blanc with cool spectrum cut-grass, herb and passionfruit notes with fresh, lacy acidity. Match with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. 80% of the fruit from the Awatere and 20% from the Wairau, cool-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 4.0 g/L RS. 16.5-/20 Nov 2017 RRP On-premise only

Good Company Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5/20
Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, lighter edged. The nose is fresh with gently concentrated and firmly bound aromas of white and yellow stonefruits with subtle, savoury honeysuckle notes and integrated floral elements, unfolding suggestions of minerals. Dry to taste and medium –bodied, the palate is elegant and well-balanced flavours of white and yellow stonefruits, honeysuckle and florals, forming a firm core and line. The fruit expression is a little restrained, but the palate flows with good freshness and energy, leading to a lingering finish of stonefruits and florals. This is a gently concentrated dry Pinot Gris with restrained fruit flavours of stonefruits, honeysuckle and florals on a palate with good body and palate line. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern dishes over the next 2-3 years. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 3.7 g/L RS. 16.5/20 Nov 2017 RRP On-premise only

Good Company Marlborough Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5+/20
Bright, pale strawberry-pink colour, pale on the edge. The nose is light and delicately aromatic with subtle aromas of red berry fruits, white stonefruits and red florals along with a mouthwatering saline element. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has elegant flavours of red berry fruits, red florals and confectionary nuances. The mouthfeel is refreshing and well-balanced with lacy acidity and very fine background textures. The flavours are carried by the palate to a long, lingering, moderately thirst-quenching finish. This is a light and delicately fruited dry rosé with subtle red berry fruit, floral and confectionary flavours. Serve as an aperitif and with canapes over the next 18 months to 2 years Marlborough Pinot Noir fruit given brief skin contact and cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc., and 5.2 g/L RS. 16.5+/20 Nov 2017 RRP On-premise only

Baby Doll Marlborough Sparkling Blush Pinot Gris NV

Sparkling Wine from New Zealand – Marlborough

16+/20
Very pale pink colour, the bubbles fine and moderately persistent. The nose is soft and gentle with aromas of white stonefruits with a harmonious amalgam of honeysuckle and florals, with a suggestion of red fruits. Dryish to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has light stonefruit flavours with integrated nuances of honeysuckle and florals. The palate has a rounded core with some presence, and the wine is softly textured with light acidity. The effervescence is integrated, adding a little creaminess. The wine carries to a stonefruit and honied finish with moderate length. This is a light-fruited, dry, sparkling Pinot Gris with a soft, rounded and creamy mouthfeel. Serve as an aperitif and with Asian fare over the next 2 years. Pinot Gris fruit from the ‘Seaview’ vineyard cool-fermented to 11.5% alc. and 9.8 g/L RS, with 1.5% Merlot blended for colour. Carbonated for the bubbles. Lot LR8315. 16.0+/20 Nov 2017 RRP $21.95
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