Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011 – Awatere Valley, Marlborough

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I’ve found myself laying off the Kiwi Sauvignon of late, partly due to having reached something of a saturation point with it, and partly due to it being a summery drink which implies the need for a summer which sadly we’ve not had yet...

I must also admit to not knowing much about Yealands Estate before plucking this bottle from the wine room and embarking on my customary pre-tasting research. The first thing that hits you about Yealands is their passion for sustainability and all things green. They use sheep to graze between the vines and their winery sounds like it is dripping in solar panels and sustainable practices.

That is of course all very admirable, but does this attention to detail carry through into a wine which is of as high a standard as Yealand’s various environmental certifications? Well, it certainly seems to. This is a very good wine which somehow manages to encapsulate the various types of Kiwi Sauvignon. It starts off relatively tight in the glass with green pepper hints and that bracing acidity and citrus note that you’d expect. With a little time in the glass though it comes over a little more tropical with melon hints and a slightly fuller mouthfeel.

All in all this was a wine that really impressed. At only £10.50 via it’s an affordable wine to boot. The sense of value is enhanced when you consider that this wine won a gold medal in the New Zealand International Wine Show. I’d like to have another taste of this wine in a year’s time to see if the tropical notes develop as the wine matures.

In a country now awash with Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc it’s nice to find one that makes you stand up and take notice without costing a fortune. Maybe green is indeed best?....