Friday, March 1, 2024

Vintage Round-up

Wine columnist and connoisseur DENNIS KNILL shares his wine tasting notes.

In New Zealand white wine reigns as king and more than any other region, Marlborough has it all on its own. It’s a beat that sets the pace for the entire wine industry and home to some of the country’s most iconic brands. All the big names are here and in all of Marlborough there is one name that has grown from small beginnings to one of the largest vineyards in the county. That name is Yealands.

Wine columnist and connoisseur DENNIS KNILL

In little more than fifteen years, Yealands has become a household name here and across the globe emerging as one of the most successful winemakers and exporters winning numerous international awards to epitomise the brand.

The winery is state-of-the-art with stunning picturesque vistas that showcase over 1800 hectares of vines, man-made ponds, wetlands, and a plantation of 200,000 native trees and flaxes that extend all the way out to the ocean. Better still is their ultra-modern cellar door and a place where everyone will find themselves welcome.

Here are three recent vintages from my cellar that weigh-in under $30 delivering great value for money:

 

’22 Yealand’s Estate Single Vineyard sauvignon blanc RRP $28 a classic in form Marlborough dry white wine with a vibrant and crisp acidity finished with an abundance of ripe fruit and herbaceous flavours. Pair with chicken, seafood, ceviche, and green leafy salads.

’22 Yealands Estate Single Vineyard PGR RRP $28 a crafted blend of pinot gris, riesling and gewürztraminer that’s light, crisp, and dry with a fresh crispness that lingers on the palate. Best served with turkey breast, pasta, smoked salmon, and vegetarian dishes.

’22 Yealands Reserve pinot gris RRP $21 this keenly priced example will not disappoint. Exhibiting a bright crispness with ripe fruity flavours and a lingering freshness that is soft on the palate. Pair with seafood, fish, duck, lamb, and Asian dishes.

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