“Thinking differently is what we do at Yealands. Crafting award-winning wines in harmony with nature has seen us lead the world in sustainable winegrowing. But most importantly it means great tasting wines which don’t cost the earth”
I’ve just been exploring the Yealands Website. They have a great big link that says “Come Visit“. By heck laddie I would love to! The opening photo of the vines flowing down to the sea (the Cook Strait) was enough in itself but reading the technical explanations of the winery (think solar panels, wind turbines, sustainability) in addition to the beautiful time lapse videos and, well, I would just love to visit, camera in hand. One day perhaps.
Yealands Family Wines for International Sauvignon Blanc Day 5th May 2017
Five wines on the tasting table. All exhibiting those typical Marlborough Sauvignon characteristics – a punchiness, a vibrancy, a citrus zinginess, a stony, mineral edge. The Single Vineyard in particular showed a ‘mineralness’ alongside tropical fruits, herbs and blossom.
“Our Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley is exposed to some of the toughest growing conditions in Marlborough; high sunshine and wind, cool nights and low rainfall which produces a smaller, thicker skinned berry with intense fruit flavours.”
Yealands Family Wines for International Sauvignon Blanc Day
The Yealands Single Vineyard wine is a blend of grapes from four different blocks. Two are warmer and more sheltered being further inland, while the other two are more exposed, coastal blocks. The cooler blocks supply the wines mineral backbone and flavour length which are complimented by the aromatics from the warmer areas. A fabulous wine. The Yealands L5 Single Block is also from an exposed coastline block. They describe the site as being the most exposed in the vineyard. This exposure translates to a an enhanced level of minerality to the wine and “salty, crushed oyster shell and wet stone” characteristics. In total contrast to the Yealands Winemaker’s Reserve. Here they have added an oak influence to make a Sauvignon that has an extra level of richness and complexity. The wine is more herbal and savoury but still retaining a clean, elegant freshness. The grapes are still sourced from the Seaview Vineyard but from a north facing sheltered terrace known as the G2 block. Fab stuff.
Food matches for the Yealands Sauvignon Blanc Range
Generally all these Sauvignons should be enjoyed with fresh and cooked seafood dishes such as oysters, prawns, mussels and fish. The Single Vineyard comes with a recommendation to accompany goats cheese salads and the L5 Single Block for asparagus dishes. This months Delicious Magazine has a great recipe for Asparagus Pea Shoot and Butter Bean Tart which I had a crack at making. For me the most successful match with the tart was the Yealands Single Vineyard; it seemed to gel perfectly with all the elements in the dish. Super food, super wine.
“Founder Peter Yealands’ vision is to create the world’s most environmentally-friendly wines. Constantly seeking new ways to work, he combines his love of the land with wines as bold as his ambition”