YARRA YERING DRY RED NO. 1 2017

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Mike Bennie
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James Halliday
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Huon Hooke
SKU
YYCM201710 UCAU
$110.00 Per item
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750ml (Bottle)
$110.00 Per item
A stylish Cabernet dominant lifted nose entwined with the complexities of the three other varieties present. Signature blackberry, aniseed, and sarsaparilla with lifted bergamot and bay leaf fragrance. A medium bodied wine style thanks to the Yarra Valley climate where a core of fruit and signature acid vibrancy are hallmarks.
A stylish Cabernet dominant lifted nose entwined with the complexities of the three other varieties present. Signature blackberry, aniseed, and sarsaparilla with lifted bergamot and bay leaf fragrance. A medium bodied wine style thanks to the Yarra Valley climate where a core of fruit and signature acid vibrancy are hallmarks.

Scores & Reviews

96+ / 100

Mike Bennie

I just spent a brunch-to-lunch with MW Andrew Caillard, which is always amazing, full of insight, inspiring and humbling, and I found notes of his on the Langton’s Classification regarding this wine that said ‘Carrodus likens seasoning of wine in oak like salt in porridge, “If it is pronounced it makes it taste terrible”‘, which is interesting, because tasting through the 2017 Yarra Yering wines there is a distinct overlay of overt oak in all the wines, almost distracting, not quite, but there, malty, distinct, a character in its own right … Take that as you will. Anyway, this No. 1 as always is the cabernet sauvignon dominant blend of ‘Bordeaux varieties’. The approach is stunning. A full orchestra of aromas, blue fruits, cassis, floral things, herbal spice, bayleaf, malt, liquorice. Fantastic. The palate is fresh, invigorating, blue fruits, faint plum, black olive, lithe tannins and a light malt-oak sheath seasoning things. It rides long, fine, light-on, but tense, with exceptional length and a pool of mouth-watering, gently sweet-sour fruit lingering long. It’s an understated, superb, detailed wine of exceptional feel and high drinkability.

98 / 100

James Halliday

A classic blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot, 8% malbec and 4% petit verdot. Hand-picked and sorted, crushed and destemmed, open-fermented, on skins for up to a month, matured for 12 months in French oak (35% new). This is the serious side of '17. The aromas and flavours are still fresh and vibrant, but the palate, in particular, brooks no argument: this is a wine for protracted cellaring to allow the whipcord-tight structure to relax its grip.

96 / 100

Huon Hooke

Deep, dark red/purple colour and some smoky oak makes its presence felt on the fruit-driven bouquet. The wine is deliciously accessible in the mouth with elegant fruit and soft, fine-grained tannins. Violet, cassis, mulberry, blackberry aromas come up increasingly with aeration. The wine is not big, but medium to full-bodied and suavely proportioned, seemingly with moderate alcohol strength, the finish gliding on effortlessly.