Yarra Yering Carrodus Viognier 2018

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  • Produced by Sarah Crowe - James Hallidays Winemaker of the Year 2017
  • Produced by Sarah Crowe - James Hallidays Winemaker of the Year 2017
  • Produced from some of the oldest Viognier vines in the country.
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    $160.00
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  • Mike Bennie
    93+ points
  • James Halliday
    94 points
  • Huon Hooke
    95 points
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Editors notes

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.

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Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Peach
    • Roses
    • Tangerine
  • Palate
    • Apricot
    • Honeysuckle
    • Peach

Food Pairings

  • Asian
  • Poultry
  • Spicy

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Mike Bennie

    93+
    "(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."
  • James Halliday

    94
    "(2017 Vintage) Sarah Crowe has pulled another rabbit from the hat: viognier with varietal character, length and precision, and no oily phenolics."
  • Huon Hooke

    95
    "(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."

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Locations

Australia

The Australian wine industry is the fourth-largest exporter in the world, exporting 760 million litres to countries such as the UK, France, Italy and Spain. It has been one of the most successful 'New World' wine producing countries. It has done this by formally exporting and marketing its wines as a whole, through Wine Australia. There is also a significant domestic market for Australian wines, with Australians consuming nearly 500 million litres of wine per year. The wine industry is a significant contributor to the Australian economy through production, employment, export and tourism.

Wine regions are in almost all the states with Victoria having 21 regions! Read more about key wine regions such as Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley and local to New South Wales, Cowra, Southern Highlands and Mudgee.

Victoria

The wine region of Victoria has the highest number of grapevines than any other state in Australia. It is home to over 600 wineries and well-known regions such as Yarra Valley, Heathcote, and Rutherglen. Victoria is situated in the southeastern corner of Australia where due to the location, the climate has a cool maritime influence and is known for its outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with producing Australia’s most famed dessert Muscat and Topaque wines.

There are a number of different terroir levels throughout the wine region of Victoria which leads to the production of different ranges of wines. In the southern region of Victoria, the vines are regulated by the cool winds of the Bass Strait. Central Victoria consists of mostly flat terrain that tends to be drier and warmer than the rest of Victoria, which results in more fruit concentrated wines. It may be surprising to note that Victoria is the third most productive wine region in Australia, seeing as it does not have as many areas suitable for viticulture, which has resulted in the cellar door culture of Victoria being concentrated with smaller, but more personal boutique wineries.

Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is a wine region known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has become a leading wine tourism destination, popular for weekend trips as it is located only an hour’s drive northeast of Melbourne.

The cool climate region has some of the oldest soils in the world, and produces terrific Chardonnays in the leaner, acid-driven style. Long gone are the days of excessively oaked and oily Chardonnays. Superb Pinot Noir is cultivated with tremendous results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and even Sparkling wines of premium quality are also worth seeking out.

Yarra Valley is the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first vines planted in 1838 at Yering Station. Reg Egan founded the iconic Wantirna Estate in 1963, followed by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969 who founded equally lauded Yarra Yering in the foot of the Warramate Hills. Nowadays a fleet of new world wine makers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production. Key wineries to look out for are Mayer, William Downie and Macforbes.

The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.

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About the brand Yarra Yering

This esteemed Victorian label roots itself in 1969 when Dr Bailey Carrodus, a botanist, planted his first twelve hectares of vines at the foot of the Warramate Hills. With a degree in winemaking and a doctorate in plant physiology from Oxford, Carrodus had long searched for his ideal site, and he named his vineyard Yarra Yering. The unirrigated vineyards produce low yields, but the wines all have an extraordinary depth and intensity. The fruit of his labour was realised in 1973 when he produced his first vintage, the timeless Dry Red Wine No's 1 & 2.

Dr Carrodus' original site has grown over the years, totalling 70 acres including the original plantings of Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Chardonnay, in addition to new plots of Portuguese and Italian varieties. Though Dr Carrodus passed away in 2008, newly appointed winemaker Sarah Crowe is set to the task of continuing his legacy. An impressive resume, Crowe started in the wine industry at Brokenwood in the Hunter Valley and continued to work vintages at Adelsheim Vineyard and Ponzi Family Vineyards, in Oregon and the Rhone Valley's Paul Jaboulet Aine.

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