Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz 2012
1 or more bottles$109.08
James Halliday97 points
Huon Hooke95 points
Gary Walsh94+ points
Fragrance and headiness, this wine exudes intense perfume, mixed berry fruits, floral notes and spice.
Original 1969 plantings of Shiraz and Marsanne with additional Shiraz, Mataro & Viognier drawn from vines planted from 1984 to 1995.
Fruit was hand-picked, bunch sorted and destemmed directly to the Yarra Yering half-tonne open-fermenters. As much whole berry as possible is retained to encourage perfume. Some stalks were added back to some of the fermenters in order to contribute structure and aroma. Some fermenters added frozen Viognier skins to the bottom, some with Marsanne skins. The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barriques, 30% new before blending and bottling
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Critic Scores & reviews
"Fragrance and headiness, this wine exudes intense perfume, mixed berry fruits, floral notes and spice. The addition of Mataro and co-fermentation with white grapes Viognier and Marsanne intensify the Shiraz character while providing complexity, richness and generosity."
"Medium to deep red colour with a purple rim. Vegetal cool-grown aroma, with a fresh crisp palate, the acidity there but not imposing itself, and elegant flavours of red fruits and mint. A lick of chocolate later. Stemmy characters from whole-bunch fermentation. A tidy, intense, medium-bodied shiraz, beautifully clean and balanced. It scores highly for drinkability, if not weight. Delicious; superb."
"Redcurrant, blackcurrant, pleasant herbal perfume, light dusting of pepper – though it’s the taste and smell of small berries that’s the main show. Medium bodied, light dusty tannin – really covers the mouth from front to back – all very clear and precise with a long finish. Tobacco and sweet red fruit. Simpler than both the No.1 and No.2 wines, though thoroughly charming. Time will be its friend too."
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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.