Yealands Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
#45 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2010
This elegant Pinot Noir exudes fresh cherry and spiced red fruit characters with an underlying savory note. The palate is soft and supple with soft silky tannins.
Wine Spectator - "Tight and beautifully focused, delivering a juicy mouthful of raspberry, wild strawberry and pomegranate flavors that linger on the sleek, bright finish. Drink now through 2014. 5,000 cases made."
Stretching over 2,400 acres of prime viticultural land, the Yealands Estate is New Zealand's single largest vineyard under private ownership. Located in the Awatere Valley of Marlborough, the Seaview Vineyad is exposed to some of the toughest growing conditions in the country: low rainfall, high sunshine, cool nights and strong winds. The result is a smaller, thicker-skinned berry and lower yielding vines which create wines of intensity, purity and complexity.
The hallmark of the Yealands Estate is an absolute commitment to sustainable wine production, an undertaking we have made from the vine to the bottle. This commitment to premium sustainable wine production has resulted in a number of notable achievements.
The Yealands Estate Winery was created to operate sustainably at every level.
As a result we have already achieved a high industrial sustainability rating. We have also been awarded carboNZeroCert™ status, joining a select group of wineries around the world who have earned this recognition. View all Yealands Wines
About MarlboroughView a map of Marlborough wineries (mahrl-bore-oh)
Sitting pretty on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, Marlborough has become synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As well it should be – Marlborough is the primary region for those delicious, citrusy, summer-lovin' wines with vibrant acidity and pungent, grassy, grapefruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is the main grape here; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are also made.
Notable FactsThe region has well-drained alluvial loam soils, which are perfect for grape growing. The grapes receive a good deal of sunshine during the day, but recovers in the cool evenings. Marlborough's growing season is long, which helps foster the gradual, even ripening of the grapes. Not made for much aging, the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough are of the buy ‘em and drink ‘em class of wine. Expect little vintage variation here - quantity differs more than quality.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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6 ratings, 4 with reviewsMushyRau - San Francisco, CA33/17/2010lacked a bit of umph for me but the lighter style is typical of New Zealand Pinot's. not bad but i've had better ones.312/30/2012Charlotte Colmar - Berkeley, CA56/26/2012VAwinegirl74 - Ruckersville, VA34/23/2010I preferred this to the Innocent Bystander PN, which sells for $5 more/bottle. Not as much tingle in the mouth as some other NZ Pinots I've had.Feng - Washington, DC14/23/2010It is the least favorite wine I bought from wine.com, out of about 50 different ones. I was so disappointed that I wondered if I got a defective bottle. It was the lightest colored red wine I have had, color is only a hint darker than rose. More pink than red. The bouquet is somewhat pleasant, but completely over powered by a sharp, hard, and cold bitterness--maybe some would call it minerally tannins. It's a Pinot so it should be light and fruity and fragrant, but because of the bitterness it is hardly drinkable. If I didn't love wine I would have poured it down the drain. But I instead pour it down my throat :) I drank the second half bottle the next day and it was only marginally less caustic to the palette. So it was unlikely caused by the fluke of my tongue that evening. It's so bad that I don't know what score to give it. FAIL.27/7/2010very light in terms of taste and color. Not much of favor besides the red fruits that could be expected from a PN.Related Products
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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