Look out for these wines on shelf and regular reviews in the national media.
2020 vintage wines from leading sustainable New Zealand wine producer, Yealands, are now available in the UK.
Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2020 – Co-op, Majestic, Sainsbury’s, Spar
Yealands Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2020 – Waitrose
Yealands Reserve Grüner Veltliner 2020 – Waitrose
This stunning trio of wines is made by Natalie Christensen at Yealands winery, which is Toitū carbon-zero, in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough. Yealands is a sustainable wine producer and a member of International Wineries for Climate Action.
The growing season in 2020 was very dry with some timely light rains. A classic Marlborough autumn with warm days and cool nights ensured fresh natural acidity and intense fruit flavours.
The Sauvignon Blanc was carefully selected from Yealands Awatere Valley and Wairau Valley vineyards and harvested over a period of three weeks. Superior fruit was chosen for the Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. The individual parcels of fruit were gently pressed, clarified and fermented separately using a range of selected yeasts. Long, cool fermentation in stainless steel retained the vibrant, fresh characters.
The Reserve Grüner Veltliner is grown in the Awatere Valley and was picked at optimal ripeness, resulting in a wine with beautiful texture and balance. Destemmed and gently pressed, the free-run juice was left to settle for 72 hours. The clear juice was then racked and fermented in stainless steel using selected yeasts.
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