Yarra Yering 'Dry Red No. 1' 2017

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YYCM201710 UCNZ
  • Produced by Sarah Crowe - James Hallidays Winemaker of the Year 2017
  • Established in 1969 Yarra Yering is one of the oldest vineyards in the Yarra Valley
  • One of Australia's most collected wines
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    $139.00
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  • James Halliday
    98 points
  • Mike Bennie
    96+ points
  • Huon Hooke
    96 points

Editors notes

Langton’s Classification – Outstanding, produced by James Hallidays Winemaker of the Year 2017. 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.

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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
    • Blueberry
    • Boysenberry
    • Herbal
  • Palate
    • Blue Fruits
    • Cassis
    • Graphite

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • James Halliday

    98
    "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."
  • Mike Bennie

    96+
    "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."
  • Huon Hooke

    96
    "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."

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Australia

Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.

Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.

Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.

With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.

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.

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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