Yealands "The Crossings" Pinot Noir 2014 ~ Marlborough, New Zealand
This is great……and here’s why!International Wine & Spirit Competition ~ Gold
International Wine Challenge ~Silver
International Wine Challenge ~ Bronze
Decanter World Wine Awards ~ Bronze
5 points (out of 5) ~ Porsgrunds Dagblad "Good body with good fruit. Delicate tannins and spices. It has been stored in oak for 7 months - therefore has complexity."
International Wine Challenge 2015 "Good balance.....Pure, fruity style; blackberries, blueberries and cranberries with lively acidity and soft tannins."
International Wine Challenge 2016 "Autumnal fruits on the nose with lifted red fruits and black cherries. Lifted and fragrant."
This wine has won many other awards across previous vintages:
International Wine & Spirit Competition - Gold
Best Wine Japan Competition - Gold
Marlborough Wine Show - Gold
Ultimate Beverage Challenge (US) - Gold
90 Points ~ Wine Enthusiast, April 2013
Air New Zealand Wine Awards - Silver
Metro Top 100 Summer Wines (NZ) - Silver
International Wine Challenge - Silver
New World Wine Awards - Silver
International Wine & Spirits Competition - Silver
Decanter World Wine Awards - Silver
Best Wine Japan Competition ~ Platinum
The Crossings are part of Peter Yealands' Yealands Wine Group, an award winning producer that won New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year in the 2014 International Wine & Spirit Competition. Yealands can boast New Zealand's top red wine (2014 International Wine Challenge) and the World's best Sauvignon Blanc (2012 International Wine Challenge). The company has also won recognition for it's sustainable approach to wine production, winning multiple "Green Company of the Year" awards.
Marlborough is New Zealand's most important wine region. Situated at the north-eastern tip of the South Island, this dry, sunny region produces around three-quarters of all New Zealand wine. While most famous for its Sauvignon Blanc this cold climate region is also a large producer of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris - grapes which thrive in cold climate regions. Commercial scale viticulture began in Marlborough the 1970s – it conquered the world within 25 years!
The Awatere Valley is on the seaward side of Marlborough, in a valley running parallel with the east coast of the South Island. The Awatere River, which flows south from Clifford Bay, gives the region its name – awatere meaning 'fast-flowing river' in the local Maori dialect. The Wither Hills in the north separate Awatere from the Wairau Valley.