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Yealands Estate win at Sydney International Wine Competition

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

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.

About Yealands Estate

Yealands Estate is New Zealand’s leading environmentally sustainable winery based in the Awatere Valley, Marlborough. Developed by entrepreneur Peter Yealands, the privately owned winery features advanced green technology in every aspect of design and function.

It received carboNZeroCertTM certification in April 2009 and in doing so was the largest winery in New Zealand to achieve this status for its organisation and wine products. The winery and vineyard is also accredited under Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand and was recently announced the international runner up for the “Green Company Of The Year” category in the Drinks Business 2012 Green Awards, in the UK.

Yealands Estate wines launched to great acclaim in August 2008 and have collected more than 300 awards to date, which goes to show that being green also means making a great drop.


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