Yarra Yering Carrodus Viognier 2018

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Mike Bennie
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James Halliday
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Huon Hooke
SKU
YYCV201810 UCAU
$160.00 Per item
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Bottle
750ml (Bottle)
$160.00 Per item
This Viognier is sourced from some of the oldest Viognier vines in the country, planted in 1982. There are three blocks across the vineyard with varying age. Tiny yields, this fruit is hand harvested lovingly by only Yarra Yering staff, into the cool room overnight and then whole bunch pressed. Any juice not pressed from the skins is then frozen to be used in the Dry Red Wine No 2 ferment weeks later. The Viognier juice is run off to oak barrels without any clarification for primary fermentation. Largely left alone until bottling after 10 months. Only two barrels are produced. Signature apricot blossom, lifted white flowers of honeysuckle and a little musk stick aromas. Flavours of apricots deliver oodles of weight and flavour but there is also a green apple brightness bringing an acid line comes to drive the back palate and keep the weight in check. A chalky texture and some oak tannin from barrel maturation carrying the flavour to a long lingering finish.
This Viognier is sourced from some of the oldest Viognier vines in the country, planted in 1982. There are three blocks across the vineyard with varying age. Tiny yields, this fruit is hand harvested lovingly by only Yarra Yering staff, into the cool room overnight and then whole bunch pressed. Any juice not pressed from the skins is then frozen to be used in the Dry Red Wine No 2 ferment weeks later. The Viognier juice is run off to oak barrels without any clarification for primary fermentation. Largely left alone until bottling after 10 months. Only two barrels are produced. Signature apricot blossom, lifted white flowers of honeysuckle and a little musk stick aromas. Flavours of apricots deliver oodles of weight and flavour but there is also a green apple brightness bringing an acid line comes to drive the back palate and keep the weight in check. A chalky texture and some oak tannin from barrel maturation carrying the flavour to a long lingering finish.

Scores & Reviews

93+ / 100

Mike Bennie

(2017 Vintage) Well, at least since we last looked at this wine in 2008, the price hasn’t gone up much. The viognier comes from the oldest block of the Yarra Yering estate vineyards. It’s made into a benchmark wine, from Yarra Yering’s standpoint. Modest in terms of viognier’s often bold personality, set right into the medium weight zone with texture important and well-done, with freshness on its side. Scents of ripe apple, yoghurt, frangipani and coconut-apricot. Slips over the palate with some concentration and good glide, stone fruit zone flavours with evocative, sweet spice, almond-nuttiness, cool, green apple acidity finishing with a neat, powdery grip. Add that up and you’ve a fine, elegant white wine of good depth and balance, with character of the variety writ large. Perhaps missing fireworks, but no hair out of place.

94 / 100

James Halliday

(2017 Vintage) Sarah Crowe has pulled another rabbit from the hat: viognier with varietal character, length and precision, and no oily phenolics.

95 / 100

Huon Hooke

(2017 Vintage) Very light colour and a smoky, reductive bouquet, which recalls a funky style of chardonnay. This blows off with airing. The wine is leaner and tauter than anticipated, restrained and yet also intense, with a softly rounded palate structure and no oiliness or fatness. The oak is invisible. An exemplary viognier.