Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2 2018

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YYSH201810 UCAU
  • 96pts Campbell Mattinson - Halliday's Wine Companion
  • Produced by Sarah Crowe - James Hallidays Winemaker of the Year 2017
  • Shiraz, Mataro, Viognier & Marsanne blend
  • 1 or more bottles
    $109.99
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  • Campbell Mattin
    95 points
  • Huon Hooke
    96 points
  • Mike Bennie
    93 points

Editors notes

A complex and layered wine; sweet and savoury all at once. The fragrance is melting pot of violets, plums, savoury spices and a whiff of bramble. Moderate in weight; the plum fruits come in all colours dialling up the flavour interest. There is cigar box and cardamom spice lending intrigue. Firm yet fine tannins ably support the fruit and texture drive the palate. This one is hard to put in a box, there is so much to love.

Fruit was hand-picked, transferred across a sorting table and destemmed directly to the Yarra Yering half-tonne open-fermenters. As much whole berry as possible is retained to encourage perfume. A little stalk return to some of the fermenters in order to contribute structure and aroma.A portion of fermenters had frozen Viognier skins added to the bottom, some with Marsanne skins. The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barriques, 30% new before blending and bottling.

Original 1969 plantings of Shiraz and Marsanne with additional Shiraz planted across the 1990’s, Mataro & Viognier drawn from vines planted from 1984 to 1995.

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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
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Campbell Mattinson

    95
    "Shiraz 95%, mataro 3%, viognier 1%, marsanne 1%. Impeccable form. There's a sweetness to the fruit and a savouriness to the finish, redcurrant and twists of herbs, with floral overtones and oak as garnish. It's smooth-skinned but not syrupy; it's a wine in complete control. Not a question mark in sight."
  • Huon Hooke

    96
    "Deep red colour with a good purple tinge, and a very attractive range of aromas, with less spice and more oak than the Underhill, black fruits, tar and graphite, black olive/tapenade and a trace of black pepper. It's full-bodied, intensely-focused and piercing, with elegance as well as drive. A smart wine, highly nuanced as usual and really excellent. 26 JUL 2020"
  • Mike Bennie

    93
    "Shiraz, viognier, marsanne, mataro; a blend for the ages. A wonder that others have’t had a crack at the same. A gauntlet thrown down. Slurpy, rich and fresh red of jolly, loose knit and spice-laden, come hither fruit character. Red plums, clove and cinnamon, dark chocolate-liquorice, faint game meat and dried herbs. Lots going on here in its meaty, fleshy feel. The lush slosh of flavour feels biggish and bold from front to mid palate, sweetish in that core, then finishes quite quickly to a powdery-tannin finish. Viognier in the driving seat. A chomp and chomp closes things each sip, nicely. A lively red of voluptuous feel, done well."

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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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