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01 December,2017

As one of Marlborough and New Zealand’s significant wine producers, Yealands Wine Group has a diverse portfolio of brands for different distribution channels and markets, including those overseas. Within New Zealand, the acquisition of Crossroads has given Yealands another quality focussed label. For export and parochial Kiwis, the ‘Silver Fern’ label has the connection to the New Zealand psyche and culture. Here, I review the 2017 Crossroads ‘Milestone’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and from the ‘Silver Fern’ range, the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and 2016 Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, all from Marlborough fruit. www.crossroadswines.co.nz  www.silverfernwines.co.nz  www.yealands.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW



Crossroads ‘Milestone Series’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

17+/20

Bright, even, pale straw-yellow colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is soft and elegantly presented with gentle and harmonious aromas of passionfruit entwined with subtle herb, snow pea and cut grass notes. The fruit aromas form a fine, tight core. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has bright, vibrant and thirst-quenchingly refreshing flavours of passionfruit, fresh herbs, cut grass and nettles that form a tight heart. The mouthfeel is zesty and lively, and the wine carries along a fine-textured phenolic line, leading to a crisp, dry, lingering finish of herbs and nettles. This is a bright, refreshing, vibrant Sauvignon Blanc with flavours of passionfruit and cut grass, on a mouthwatering palate with zesty acidity and a fine-textured line. Match with shellfish, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years. Fruit from the Wairau Valley cool-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 3.7 g/L RS. Winemaker: Miles Dineen. 17.0+/20 Dec 2017 RRP $19.95

Silver Fern Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5+/20

Bright pale straw colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh with vibrant aromas of passionfruit, gooseberries, white florals and herbs, along with cut grass notes and subtle mineral hints. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has up-front, but firmly concentrated flavours of passionfruit, gooseberries, cut grass and nettles. The fruit has depth and intensity, and the mouthfeel possesses crisp acid cut. The wine flows with good energy along a fine-textured line with delicate phenolics, leading to a lingering brisk finish. This is a fresh, zesty, intensely fruited Sauvignon Blanc with cooler spectrum notes on a crisp palate with cut and a tight, fine line. Match with salads and vegetables, and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the ‘Seaview’, ‘Brackenfield’ and ‘Willowflat’ vineyards in the Awatere Valley, cool-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 3.8 g/L RS. 16.5+/20 Dec 2017 RRP $17.95

Silver Fern Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5-/20

Bright, even, pale straw colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is finely expressed with tightly bound and taut aromas of white stonefruits and subtle notes of white florals, and a hint of honeysuckle. The aromatics build to form a good core. This has fruit purity and freshness. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is taut and slender with flavours of white stonefruits intermingling with white florals and chalky minerals. The mouthfeel is crisp with light racy acidity and the wine flows along a light, fine-textured line leading to a light finish. This is a taut and slender, dry Pinot Gris with white stonefruit and floral flavours with minerally textures and brisk acidity. Match with seafood and poultry over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 3.7 g/L RS. 16.5-/20 Dec 2017 RRP $17.95

Silver Fern Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

16+/20

Bright, even straw-yellow colour, lighter edged. The nose has moderately concentrated aromas of yellow stonefruits and subtle notes of florals, honeysuckle and nutty suggestions, unfolding mineral nuances. The nose shows a little secondary development. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has light fruit flavours of white and yellow stonefruits with floral elements, honeysuckle and nutty detail. The flavours are up-front and the palate has a gentle roundness, with delicate textures and integrated acidity. The flavours recede as the wine carries to a light finish. This is a light fruited, dry Pinot Gris with up-front yellow stonefruits, floral and honied notes and a palate the recedes to a light finish. Serve as an aperitif, and with antipasto over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 3.8 g/L RS. 16.0+/20 Dec 2017 RRP $17.95

Silver Fern Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5/20

Even, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh with bright aromas of red cherry and berry fruit entwined with fresh herbal notes. The fruit is up-front, uncomplicated, unfolding subtle minerally reduction elements. Medium-bodied, the palate has bright and vibrant fruit flavours of dark-red cherries enlivened by fresh herbal notes. Nuances of raspberries unfold with a little nutty and mineral detail. The palate has piquant and intense flavours, and the fruit is supported by light tannin grip and balanced acidity. The wine carries to a lingering finish of cherry fruit and herbs. This is a bright and vibrant Pinot Noir with good intensity of red cherries and fresh herbs, on a lively palate with light structure. Match with antipasto and tapas over the next 2-3 years. Marlborough fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged with French oak. 16.5/20 Dec 2017 RRP $21.95

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