Yarra Valley, Barbaresco

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 winemakers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production.

The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.
Barbaresco is one of the great wines of the Piedmont region in north-western Italy. Historically it was called Nebbiolo di Barbaresco (Nebbiolo being the grape it's made from) and was used by the Austrian General Melas to celebrate his victory over the French in 1799. Only in the middle of the 19th century was the wine we know today vinified into a dry style. Its vineyards are situated in the Langhe, on the right-hand side of the Tanaro river and extending from the area north-east of Alba to the communes of Barbaresco, Nieve and Treiso, as well as San Rocco Senodelvio (once part of the Barbaresco municipality but now part of Alba). The dominant variety grown is Nebbiolo, but Dolcetto and Barbera also play a part. The vines are generally grown on limestone-rich marl soils.

Similar to its more famous sibling Barolo, Barbaresco is made from 100% Nebbiolo and shares its cult status as one of the finest wines in the world. However, there are several differences between the two. Barbaresco has a slightly maritime climate: warmer, drier and milder than its neighbour. This means its grapes tend to ripen earlier than those in Barolo. As a result, the wines are less tannic and more approachable at an earlier age. However, there is still plenty of acidity and tannins to make this an age-worthy red. Barbaresco is characterized by its rich, spicy flavours and perfumed sweetness and is considered more elegant and refined than its counterpart, which is a more robust and longer-lived red.
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  1. Zilzie 'Yarra Valley' Chardonnay 2019
    The Zilzie Regional Collection showcases textbook examples of varietal & regional expressions whilst being excellent value for money. This delicious chardonnay exhibits typically Yarra Valley aromas of citrus, peach and nectarine with subtle vanillin and barrel fermentation characters. The palate shows ... Learn More
  2. Tread Softly Premium Pinot Noir 2020 (Low Alc.)
    Summary: Tread Softly is a contemporary range of wines seeking to deliver delicious, intensely flavoured wines that are naturally medium weighted and moderate in alcohol. By using more sustainable vineyard management and wine-making techniques to ensure their production has had ... Learn More
  3. Sticks Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Classic aromas of blackcurrant, plum and raspberry leaf, cigar box and freshly turned earth. Elegant, fine and long. An explosion of summer fruits and complex earthy notes suggesting a long future. The grapes were destemmed, crushed and fermented slowly for 2 ... Learn More
  4. Airlie Bank Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    A fairly vigorous fruit thinning was called for in 2019, with about 20% of the crop removed. The remaining fruit was picked early from Block 10 on the Napoleone vineyard, just before maturity. Pressed hard, then fermented warm on full solids in old ... Learn More
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  5. The Hare And The Tortoise Pinot Noir 2019
    Finding quality Pinot Noir under $20 can prove a difficult task - so imagine our excitement when this gem arrived in the hands of our tasting panel! Lifted, pretty nose displaying typical Yarra Valley Pinot characters. Pretty fruit, with a hint ... Learn More
  6. Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2020
    A medium bodied palate with vibrant cherry and plum flavours. Hints of spice and oak. Cherry and plum aromas, with light smokiness, spice and floral notes. So much drinking pleasure to be had in this bright fruited Pinot Noir! Buy ... Learn More
  7. Tread Softly Yarra Valley Premium Chardonnay 2020 (Low Alc.)
    Tread Softly is a contemporary range of wines seeking to deliver delicious, freshly flavoured wines that are naturally medium weighted and moderate in alcohol. By using more sustainable vineyard management and wine-making techniques to ensure their production has had a ... Learn More
  8. Tread Softly Yarra Valley Premium Rose 2020 (Low Alc.)
    Tread Softly is a contemporary range of wines seeking to deliver delicious, freshly flavoured wines that are naturally medium weighted and moderate in alcohol. By using more sustainable vineyard management and wine-making techniques to ensure their production has had a ... Learn More
  9. Punt Road Chardonnay 2019
    Yarra Valley Chardonnay done very well under the watch of Punt Road's Tim Shand. This is such an exceptional Chardonnay at the price - fruit quality, balance, refreshment and extraordinary length of flavour. Notes of lime pith and stone fruit. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  10. Airlie Bank Cuvee Sparkling Nv
    An everyday drinking style, fresh and vibrant with a focused palate of apple blossom and citrus characters with complex brioche notes. Aromas of citrus fruits and subtle apricot, complemented by a doughy, bready complexity. A blend of 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  11. Nunc Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    This newly-minted Yarra Valley label is sourced and crafted by Arfion and Salo maestro Dave Mackintosh. The name is taken from the famous line by Latin poet Horace: “Nunc est bibendum” (“Now is the time for drinking”). And that's exactly ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
  12. Arfion Pinot Grigio 2020
    In the Yarra Valley, our soils produce a style of wine that naturally sits between the styles of our old world counterparts of Italy and France. We call this wine Pinot grigio because it’s dry with an acid backbone ... Learn More
  13. Medhurst Estate Vineyard Yarra Valley Rose 2020
    Very pale copper with a bright vibrant pink hue. Deliciously elusive fresh fruits including strawberry and raspberry are supported by hints of fennel and white blossom of jasmine. The palate is savoury and refined with a supple creamy texture. The ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  14. Medhurst Estate Vineyard Yarra Valley Rose 2019
    Awarded GOLD and 95 points in the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion Deliciously elusive fresh fruits including strawberry and raspberry are supported by white blossom of jasmine and citrus. This is a deliberate and considered Rosé, which starts from dedicated parts of the ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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  15. Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    Natural winemaking philosophy, while making quality the priority. The nose shows florals of rose petal with dark cherry and some earthy aromas. A seductive, complex palate with fleshy fruit, savoury notes and silky tannins to frame. ... Learn More
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  16. Toolangi Chardonnay 2019
    Selectively hand-harvested, low cropped fruit from the Dixons Creek Vineyard in the Yarra Valley. Smooth and creamy with a luscious core of stone fruit, pear and apple, it’s scented with delicate floral notes, grapefruit and charcuterie, creamy complexity, coriander ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  17. Toolangi Chardonnay 2018
    Selectively hand-harvested, low cropped fruit from the Dixons Creek Vineyard in the Yarra Valley. Smooth and creamy with a luscious core of stone fruit, pear and apple, it’s scented with delicate floral notes, grapefruit and charcuterie, creamy complexity, coriander ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  18. Warramate Cabernet 2017
    Intense varietal nose in the bounds of youthful exuberance. Shows signature blackcurrant and sarsaparilla notes well supported by integrated leafy characters, synonymous with the variety. A medium-bodied “classic” claret style featuring a succulent, bright fruit layered palate integrated with earthy ... Learn More
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  19. Secret Deal Yarra Valley Cabernets 2018
    An elegant and vivid reflection of the pristine 2018 season, this blend of Cabernet both Sauvignon and Franc is a more delicate follow-up to previous vintages. The aromas are of perfumed violets, cedar, cigar box, and old spice. The palate has ... Learn More
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    Patrick Eckel
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  20. Punt Road Pinot Noir 2019
    A fruit driven style of Pinot with fragrant strawberry aromas and sweet berry flavours. Moderate acidity and feathery tannins frame an elegant palate of ripe cherry with a touch of earthiness. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  21. Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2019
    Our philosophy towards pinot is to look after the detail, keep it simple and respect the fruit. The onus is on fruit quality and balance and not on winemaking solutions or corrections. For us winemaking is an extension of the ... Learn More
  22. Warramunda Estate 'Liv Zak' Chardonnay 2019
    From a premium site wedged between Yeringberg and Oakridge, Warramunda's wines are made by Ben Haines, one of the best up and coming young winemakers in Australia. The wine opens with a beautiful perfume of white flowers, stone fruits and ... Learn More
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  23. Mac Forbes Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018
    "The Yarra Valley label is the entry into our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. ‘Yarra Valley’ is a blend of all declassified barrels from each of our single vineyard sites. They represent a snap shot from across the valley and ... Learn More
  24. Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2019
    Natural winemaking philosophy, while making quality the priority. The nose shows florals of rose petal with dark cherry and some earthy aromas. A seductive, complex palate with fleshy fruit, savoury notes and silky tannins to frame. ... Learn More
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  25. Medhurst Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2019
    This Yarra Valley Chardonnay was made from fruit sourced entirely from Medhurst Estate Vineyard. All fruit handpicked whole bunch pressed and fermented in French oak (10% new) where Indigenous fermentation in barrel lasting around one month. We decided to put one ... Learn More
  26. Medhurst Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2019
    Bright ruby red appearance with a lovely crimson hue. Lovely nose, highly perfumed wine with red cherry, five spice savoury and floral notes dominating the aromas. The palate has a core of red fruit flavours around a backbone of natural ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  27. Medhurst Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2018
    This Yarra Valley Chardonnay was made from fruit sourced entirely from Medhurst Estate Vineyard. All fruit handpicked whole bunch pressed and fermented in French oak (10% new) where Indigenous fermentation in barrel lasting around one month. We decided to put one ... Learn More
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  28. Thousand Candles 'Gathering Field' Pinot Noir 2018
    We've been watching this vineyard for the last few years and have always been convinced that amazing wine was going to come from this place. The property had great potential - this is now being realised by the work Stuart ... Learn More
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  29. Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2020
    Natural winemaking philosophy, while making quality the priority. Beautifully balanced throughout, displaying grapefruit and peaches, tempered with hints of almond & minerality. Long, clean finish. ... Learn More
  30. Medhurst 'Yrb' Yarra Valley Pinot Noir Shiraz 2019
    Top gold and Trophy for best red blend at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2019 Vibrant, charming , medium-bodied dry red, a unique co-ferment of Pinot Noir (50%) and Shiraz (50%). A tribute to the wines made in the 1920's by legendary Hunter Valley ... Learn More
  31. Journey Wines Pinot Noir 2018
    Found in nearly every hatted restaurant in Australia, this is the perfect food wine. The nose shows gorgeous Pinot lift, red berry aromas bursting from the glass. Red cherry and cranberry aromas are complemented by subtle spiciness and oak. The ... Learn More
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  32. Oakridge Local Vineyard Series 'Willowlake' Pinot Noir 2018
    The Yarra Valley has three distinct geographic zones or sub-regions -lower warmer, middle cool and higher cooler sub-regions. We have matched particular varieties with the specific sites to give you outstanding examples of single vineyard wines. Orange rind, stewed cherries, ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Huon Hooke
  33. Oakridge Local Vineyard Series 'Willowlake' Pinot Noir 2017
    The Yarra Valley has three distinct geographic zones or sub-regions -lower warmer, middle cool and higher cooler sub-regions. We have matched particular varieties with the specific sites to give you outstanding examples of single vineyard wines. Orange rind, stewed cherries, ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Huon Hooke
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  34. Mayer ‘Bloody Hill’ Pinot Noir 2018
    Bloody Hill Pinot Noir is Timo’s gentler version of the variety. The fruit from this maddening slope in the Yarra Valley is fully destemmed, naturally fermented and aged in oak for only three months. Juicy and free flowing as ... Learn More
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  35. Oakridge Local Vineyard Series 'Barkala' Chardonnay 2016
    Made by Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the year 2017, Dave Bicknell. This is a powerful chardonnay, classically styled, oatmeal and oak, peach and roasted cedar wood; it announces itself and it then stays the course. There’s a quartz-like character and ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  36. Giant Steps Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2019
    Natural winemaking philosophy, while making quality the priority. ... Learn More
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  37. St Huberts Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
    Fabulous expression of the Varietal style of Cabernet produced in the Yarra Valley ... Learn More
  38. Mount Mary Reflexion Fume Blanc 2017
    Very limited production, 100% barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc. Fruit is sourced from Triolet plantings on Mount Mary Vineyard. Lovely perfume of citrus with hints of vanilla. Clean, pure fruit. Excellent texture from its time in barrel with a slight hint of nuttiness & ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
  39. Mount Mary Reflexion Fume Blanc 2016
    Very limited production, 100% barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc. Fruit is sourced from Triolet plantings on Mount Mary Vineyard. Lovely perfume of citrus with hints of vanilla. Clean, pure fruit. Excellent texture from its time in barrel with a slight hint of nuttiness & ... Learn More
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    Mike Bennie
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  40. Salo Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2019
    Salo is the side-project of Young Winemaker of the Year nominee Dave Mackintosh and Steve Flamsteed, Head Winemaker of one of the most awarded wineries in the Yarra Valley, Giant Steps. Over the last 6 years they have made Salo from ... Learn More
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