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Yealands ‘Land Made’ 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Rosé

26 September,2017
As one of Marlborough and New Zealand’ significant producers, Yealands has taken a strong stance in sustainable winegrowing that is in harmony with nature, The ‘Land Made’ range of wines alludes to that, but also to the recognition of the role of land, district and region in the nature of the resulting wines. The ‘Land Made’ wines reflect their origins and "allow the land to tell its own story” according to Yealands. They are made as "great tasting wines which don’t cost the earth”, again a reference not only to their price, but to the care for the environment. Here, I review the 2017 ‘Land Made’ Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Rosé. www.yealands.co.nz

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Yealands ‘Land Made’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

17.5-/20
Bright, very pale straw colour, with slight green hues. The nose is elegant and well-proportioned with soft aromas of pungent passionfruit melded harmoniously with notes of tropical fruits, fresh herbs and suggestions of minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a rounded, dense and relatively deep and concentrated core of pungent passionfruit, green capsicums and herbs. The flavours ae up-front and the palate has the energy and body to form a soft-textured, positively driven core, with lacy acidity providing liveliness. The wine carries to an elegant, lingering finish of passionfruit and herbs. This is an up-front, soft and rounded, well-packed Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, herb and capsicum flavours with good freshness. Match with salads and vegetables, and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit, 75% from Seaview, Awatere and 25% Wairau, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc. and 3.7 g/L RS. 17.5-/20 Sep 2017 RRP $18.95

Yealands ‘Land Made’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

17/20
Bright, even, very pale straw-yellow colour. The nose is very fresh and tightly bound with fine aromas of white stonefruits with notes of exotic florals, along with nuances of nuts and minerals. This builds to show a fine intensity. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has an elegant core with fragrant white stonefruits entwined with exotic florals and pears, unfolding fermentation esters. The palate is fruit-focussed and form a fine, concentrated line, and the wine carries with some underlying power to a lingering finish of florals, stonefruits and esters. This is an elegant, dry Pinot Gris with a fine core of stonefruits, florals and esters, with positive linearity and a lingering finish. Match with Thai, Vietnamese of Japanese fare over the next 3 years. Marlborough Pinot Gris fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 4 g/L RS. 17.0/20 Sep 2017 RRP $18.95

Yealands ‘Land Made’ Marlborough Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5/20
Bright, pale salmon-pink with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is soft with delicate strawberry fruit entwined with red florals, nuances of quince and redcurrants, and suggestions of watermelon, revealing a little confectionary and fresh fermentation esters. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has light flavours of strawberries, quince and watermelon with redcurrant and herbal hints, along with confectionary elements. The flavours flow along a light-textured line with fresh acidity lending energy. The wine leads to a light, dry, floral nuanced finish. This is a fresh, dry rosé with light flavours of strawberries, quince, currants and some confectionary. Serve as an aperitif and with canapes over the next 2 years. Pinot Noir fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 5.2 g/L RS. 16.5/20 Sep 2017 RRP $18.95
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