Peter Yealands Reserve Pinot Noir 2016 and Yealands Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2016

14-Jul-2017
One of the largest wine industry businesses in Marlborough, Yealands Family Wines makes a large and diverse range of wines, primarily off its vast Awatere Valley vineyard resources. Reflecting the country’s total plantings, the company’s most important red variety is Pinot Noir, which is made and released under various tiers. Yealands manage this variety well, and I recently rated the 2016 Yealands Estate ‘Single Vineyard’ Awatere Pinot Noir 5-stars (click here to see my review).

Yealands also has 2 ha of the Spanish Tempranillo red variety, minuscule in terms of Yealands total acreage of vines, but significant for the plantings in this country. The Tempranillo is planted in three blocks in a favourable site, the first half planted in 2005, with the rest over 2008 and 2009. Vineyard manager Gareth Goodsir reports it is a robust variety, but needs attention right through the growing season, and that the best results are from low-cropped vines, at approx. 4 t/ha. Tempranillo is planted from Northland to Central Otago, and in assessing the wine, it is important to see it as a cooler-climate expression here, rather than as what might be made in its native Spain.

Here, I review the 2016 Peter Yealands ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir, and 2016 Yealands Estate ‘Single Vineyard’ Tempranillo. www.yealands.co.nz


FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Peter Yealands ‘Reserve’ Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
  • Yealands Estate ‘Single Vineyard’ Awatere Valley Marlborough Tempranillo 2016

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