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The Crossings 2017 Sauvignon and Pinot Gris, and 2016 Gruner and Pinot Noir

18 January,2018

The Crossings is an Awatere Valley brand of the Yealands Wine Group acquired along with sister brand Crossroads from Ager Sectus in 2011 The Crossings was originally established in 1996 and built up a strong reputation for Upper Awatere Valley wines, and this has continued under the Yealands’ ownership employing fruit from the ‘Medway’, ‘Willow Flat’ and ‘Brackenfield sites. The vineyards come under the care of viticulturist Bruce Shipley, and the wines are made by Yealands winemaker Jeff Fyfe.


The Crossings Awatere Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, very pale straw colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very elegant and slender in presentation with delicately concentrated passionfruit aromas along with snow peas and fresh herbs, white florals and chalky minerals, Nutty and cut grass elements emerge with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is taut and slender with zesty and brisk flavours of cut grass, nettles, fresh herbs and gooseberry fruit. The mouthfeel is zingy with racy acidity, and the wine flows along a tight, thirst-quenching line, leading to a dry finish with cool-spectrum fruit flavours. This is a crisp and bracing cool-spectrum Sauvignon Blanc with cut grass, nettle and gooseberry fruit on a mouthwatering, dry palate. Serve as an aperitif and with shellfish over the next 2 years. Fruit from the ‘Medway’, Willow Flat’ and ‘Brackenfield’ vineyards cool-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 3.9 g/L RS. 16.0+/20 Jan 2018 RRP $18.99

The Crossings Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, very pale straw colour, near colourless on the edge. The nose is fresh with light and uncomplicated aromas of white stonefruits along with suggestions of honeysuckle and exotic white florals. The fruit forms an elegantly concentrated core that intensifies with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a taut and moderately concentrated heart of white stonefruits, white florals and hints of honeysuckle. The mouthfeel is bright and lively with racy acidity, and the wine flows with plenty of energy and tension to a light, lingering finish. This is a tightly bound, moderately concentrated dry Pinot Gris with white stonefruit, white floral and honeysuckle flavours on a racy palate. Serve with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine over the next 2 years. Awatere Valley fruit cool-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 4.4 g/L RS, the wine aged 2 months on lees. 16.5/20 Jan 2018 RRP $18.99

The Crossings Awatere Valley Marlborough Gruner Veltliner 2016

Gruner Veltliner from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, light straw-yellow colour with a little depth, paler on the rim. This has an elegantly concentrated nose with aromas of white and yellow stonefruits, subtle notes of fresh herbs and green stonefruits, along with nutty lees and nuances of oak at the core. This has delicacy and detail. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a finely concentrated heart with good depth of exotic yellow stonefruits with fragrant floral elements, hints of nuts and honey providing complexing detail. The mouthfeel is softly vibrant with some fruit richness and unctuousness balanced by crisp, underlying acidity. The wine has a rounded texture and carries long, lingering finish of exotic fruits and florals. This is a moderately concentrated and unctuous dry Gruner Veltliner with exotic stonefruit, floral and honied flavours on a vibrant palate. Serve with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 2+ years. Fruit from the ‘Willow Flat’ vineyard. hand-picked and fermented with solids in seasoned French oak barriques, a 1,000 L French oval, stainless-steel tank and a concrete egg to 13.5% alc. and 3.2 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees with batonnage. 18.5/20 Jan 2018 RRP $18.99

The Crossings Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir from New Zealand – Marlborough


Even, light ruby-red colour with a lighter edge and slight purple tints. The nose is very soft and light with gentle aromas of dark-red cherry and berry fruit, along with a subtle amalgam of dark herbs, liquorice and spice nuances. The aromatics grow in volume with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate has a soft and harmoniously integrated core of soft red cherry and berry fruit, along with subtle notes of dark herbs and spices. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth with light structure and integrated acidity. The wine carries smoothly to a light finish of liquorice and spices. This is a softly integrated and harmoniously presented Pinot Noir with red berry fruits along with hints of liquorice and spices. Serve with pasta and risotto, tuna and salmon over the next 2-3 years. Awatere Valley fruit fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged in new and seasoned French oak barriques. 16.5+/20 Jan 2018 RRP $19.99

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