A Babydoll is a rare sheep that is so small it barely reaches your knees. These happy little helpers are much loved on our vineyard, not only do they always wear a smile, their size means they are too petite to eat the grapes, so we can keep them on our vineyard all year round. Our tiny vineyard sheep lessen the need to mow with tractors, reducing our carbon emissions and producing lots of natural fertiliser. Babydoll wines are dedicated to our woolly workers, the pure and refined flavours reflecting our winery’s innovative thinking and commitment to doing things a bit differently.
Natalie joined the Yealands winemaking team after completing the 2014 and 2015 vintages with us as a Vintage Winemaker. She started her career with Saint Clair Family Estate in 2006, where she became Assistant Winemaker and gained a good grounding in the Marlborough industry. Natalie then took on a Winemaker role at Matahiwi Estate in the Wairarapa. From there she went to Spain, working for Jorge Ordonez Group on their Albarino project in Rias Baixas North West Spain and their Muscadel project down in Malaga. Natalie has also experienced harvests in Bordeaux and Oregon. Natalie has a Master of Science (first class honours) and Bachelor of Music from Canterbury University, along with a Graduate Diploma in Oenology from the Eastern Institute of Technology in the Hawke’s Bay, where she graduated top in her year. Natalie loves cooking, travelling, playing her double bass and cryptic crosswords.
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