WINE

Yealands Estate wins Best Pinot Noir trophy at the Sydney International Wine Competition

Monday 25 February 2013, 3:16PM
By Porter Novelli New Zealand
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MARLBOROUGH

Yealands Estate has claimed its first award of 2013, with a trophy at the Sydney International Wine Competition. The J F Hillebrand New Zealand Ltd Perpetual Trophy for Pinot Noir was awarded to the Yealands Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2011.

The Sydney International Wine awards are renowned for choosing wines that enhance the dining experience and aim to expand the repertoire of choice for consumers making wine selections. The rigorous judging process means that award-winning wines are each judged three times and alongside food.

This international recognition for Yealands Estate Reserve Pinot Noir adds to the recent success of the Marlborough based winemakers. Accolades include multiple trophies for Sauvignon Blanc, across the range, including the title of the ‘world’s best Sauvignon Blanc’ from the 2012 International Wine Challenge.

The Yealands Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 was grown in the Gibbston Valley, Central Otago. The mineral acidity of this single vineyard blend contributed to its selection as best food matched Pinot Noir.

“As a winemaking team we’re very excited to receive this award, which demonstrates the depth of the Yealands portfolio. The 2011 vintage was a great year for Gibbston Valley and the fruit we harvested was at optimum ripeness. The wine was carefully blended with balance and elegance in mind, making this Pinot Noir a versatile food match,” says Yealands Estate Wines Chief Winemaker, Tamra Washington.

Other Yealands Estate wines to receive TOP 100 recognition at the awards are the Peter Yealands Pinot Gris 2012; Yealands Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2011 and Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2012. The Yealands Estate Single Vineyard  Pinot Noir 2011 and Baby Doll Sauvignon Blanc 2012, also achieved a Blue-Gold award.