Yealands "The Crossings" Pinot Noir 2015 ~ Marlborough, New Zealand
91/100 Wine Enthusiast
Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards
Bronze - International Wine Challenge
Gold - Sydney International Wine Competition
Bronze - The TEXSOM International Wine Awards
Bronze - Air New Zealand Wine Awards
The Winemaker - "This expressive Pinot Noir has lifted aromas of black plums and violets. Ripe berry fruit flavors combine with savory notes on the palate to produce a wine that is both elegant and approachable."
Wine Spectator - "Shows an appealing, smoky edge to the mahogany, espresso and nutmeg details, with dense plum and blackberry flavors. Firm on the finish. Drink now through 2026."
Wine Enthusiast - "A medley of ripe raspberry, cherry, chocolate, cola, wet earth, baking spices and herbs all play together in this medium-bodied wine. Silky tannins and a slippery texture harmonize on the palate, with a final herbaceous note that lingers. Drink now–2020."
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.