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Gold 3, Carbon 0: Yealands Scoops a Trio of Gold Medals

24 August 2011

Gold 3, Carbon 0

Yealands Estate Scoops a Trio of Gold Medals at New Zealand International Wine Show

Yealands Estate has been awarded three gold medals in the 2011 New Zealand International Wine Show.

Yealands Estate won favour with the panel of judges for its Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Awatere Pinot Gris 2010, Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2011 and Peter Yealands Premium Selection Marlborough Riesling 2011.

Yealands Estate winemaker Tamra Washington is delighted with the recognition.

“The single vineyard wines provide the purest expression of our Seaview vineyard in the Awatere Valley and show the unique potential of this sub-region for producing outstanding wines. We’re privileged to work with such premium cool climate fruit.”

A panel of 24 judges, led by Bob Campbell MW, reviewed 2,080 wines over three days of judging. Only ten percent of entries were awarded a gold medal.

Yealands Estate founder Peter Yealands commented: “Three gold medals is fantastic recognition for Yealands Estate and proof that sustainable environmental practices can produce top quality, affordable wines.”

The Marlborough winery secured 13 medals in total, including silver for the inaugural vintage of its Yealands Estate Gruner Veltliner 2011 Full Circle Sauvignon Blanc 2011, bottled in 100 percent recyclable light-weight plastic 750ml bottles also took out a silver medal.

A summary of the gold and silver medals awarded is below:

Gold

• Yealands Estate SV Awatere Pinot Gris 2010
• Yealands Estate SV Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2011
• Peter Yealands Premium Selection Marlborough Riesling 2011

Silver

• Yealands Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009
• Yealands Estate SV Awatere Gruner Veltliner 2011
• Yealands Estate SV Awatere Pinot Noir 2010
• Peter Yealands Premium Selection Pinot Noir 2010
• Full Circle Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Formed in 2005, the New Zealand International Wine Show is firmly established as the largest wine competition held in New Zealand. Trophies for the New Zealand International Wine Show will be announced at the Awards Dinner on Saturday 3 September at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Auckland.

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 from Landcare Research in April 2009 and in doing so was the largest winery in New Zealand to achieve this status for its organisation and wine products.

A month later, it was awarded the category trophy for small to medium businesses at the ’EECA’ awards - the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Awards, held by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA). Yealands wines launched to great acclaim in August 2008, and have collected more than 180 awards to date, which goes to show that being green also means making a great drop. www.yealands.co.nz

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