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: Warramate



27 Maddens Lane, Gryere, 3770

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (03) 5964 9219


Warramate was established in 1970 by the Church family just down the hill from Coldstream Hills at a time when the only other vineyards in the Yarra Valley were Yarra Yering, St. Huberts and Yeringberg.

Apparently the grapes at Warramate haven't had a drop of irrigation water touch their roots since they were planted 35 years ago but birds are a problem. The portfolio includes Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.

The quality of the red wine is sometimes quite high but in recent years it has become vintage variable (perhaps a problem with the lack of water given the warming trend in the Valley).

The founder, Jack, died in 2005 but the winery continues to operate through his two sons. Charles Sturt University graduate, David Church, has been the chief winemaker since 2000. In 2011 the winery was taken over the Ed Peters partnership, who own the nearby Yarra Yering. They will keep the Warramate portfolio separate.

It is a stunning part of the world and our website photos can barely do justice to the panorama. The White Label Shiraz is an equally stunning reason to visit the friendly cellar door.

Warramate vines
The actual panaorama of the Yarra Valley from the Warramate cellar door is far more spectacular than or photo can convey
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Warramate Pinot Noir 2015

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, blend of 4 clones, supple, linear and medium bodied raspberry, black cherry and dark plum with toasty brown spices and some rose petal florals, charry French oak brings some cigar box notes, stemmy acidity (***1/2)

Warramate Black Label Shiraz 2002

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, St. Kilda ($38)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2015, from a very cold vintage, vibrant given the 13 year bottle age, medium bodied red cherry and blackcurrant pastille with roast meat, mint, anise and black pepper notes, nougat and coffee oak aspects are now well integrated, slightly grippy dusty tannins and firm green-edged acidity dominate the finish (***1/2)

Warramate Black Label Cabernets 2012

Purchased: Cellarbrations, St. Kilda ($25)

Drink: 2023+

(GXY) Tasting: July 2014, estate gown blend of Cabenet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, perfumed with a long, juicy medium bodied core of redcurrant and cassis with dried herbs, violet, pepper and mint notes, has savoury game complexity, dusty tannins and spicy cedar oak, strong regional expression at a good price (****)

Warramate Black Label Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Stall at Federation Square Regional Showcase ($20 but normally $25)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, made from the young vines, 10% whole bunch inclusion, spicy blackcurrant pastille and dark plum with some rhubarb earthiness, white pepper and a sprinkling of dried herbs, fine chalky tannins with creamy mocha-chocolate oak (***1/2)

Warramate Black Label Cabernet 2009

Purchased: Not ( $25)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, made from the young vines, medium bodied with good initial concentration showing bright cassis and raspberry with violet notes, fruit is forward with the cedar/vanilla/chocolate oak filling out the back (***)

Warramate Rose 2011

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2011, this is made from 100% Malbec, dry, light-medium bodied with spicy and viscous blueberry and mulberry with a fine underlying minerally texture, finishes savoury with a chalky phenolic grip and well judged acidity, perfectly refreshing for the 30C summer afternoon at the time I was reviewing this (****)

Warramate Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2011, multi-clonal, supple and medium bodied redcurrant, cherry and strawberry with black pepper and forest floor characteristics, persistent fine grained tannin, spicy cedar-chocolate oak, well balanced acidity, the most varietal Pinot I have had from them in ages reflecting the better vintage and the end of the drought stress on the non-irrigated vines (****)

Warramate Black Label Cabernet Merlot 2008

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2011, this is from younger vines, aromatic, savoury and medium bodied cassis, plum and redcurrant with mint, olive, white pepper and violet notes, minerally with persistent dusty tannins and cedar/clove/chocolate oak support, good line and length (****)

Warramate Riesling 2011

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2011, dry, light and minerally showing green apple, lemon rind and peach with some mid-palate leesy creaminess, clean finish with very fine phenolics and gentle malic acids, good line although lacks enough intensity or complexity to go to the next level (***1/2)

Warramate Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, briary redcurrant, plum and blackcurrant with pine needle, dried herb and cracked black pepper features, spicy cedar oak with a chassis of powdery tannins and a dab of dark chocolate (***1/2)

Warramate White Label Cabernet Merlot 2007

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, savoury and medium bodied redcurrant and blackberry with white pepper, mint, olive and violet notes, attractive minerality and line, fine dusty tannins (***1/2)

Warramate Black Label Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, long, creamy and medium bodied plum and redcurrant with white pepper and autumn leaf notes, earthy and infused with chalky tannins and mocha-chocolate oak (***1/2)

Warramate Riesling 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, gentle green apple and passionfruit with some brown spice and lavender notes, waxy palate that lacks genuine length apart from a lingering sliver of grapefruit acidity (***)

Warramate White Label Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2010, complex and sumptuous black cherry, redcurrant and blackberry with anise, toasty brown spices and dried herbs, medium-full bodied with silky edged fruit and spicy French oak, lingering finish with a web of fine tannins (****)

Warramate White Label Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, a classic expression of the Yarra Shiraz (which due to climate change is now able to fully ripen Shiraz), focussed and elegant but fully ripe blackberry and black cherry, medium-full bodied with plenty of dried herb and spice and some anise notes, spicy French oak, fine tannins (****1/2)

Warramate Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, spicy and medium bodied showing varietal blackcurrant, dark plum and mint, elegant palate shows dried herb, white pepper and clove features, well judged oak with dark chocolate aspects, good length (****)

Warramate Pinot Noir 2005

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, rather confectionary showing red cherry and raspberry, forward palate but is partially redeemed by some black pepper, dried herb and cinnamon complexity, cedary and dark chocolate oak aspects, fine tannins (***)

Warramate Riesling 2006

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2007, austere lime, white peach with some lemon acidity and an unexpected hint of apricot, dry style with a chalky minerally finish, needs more depth (***)

Warramate Pinot Noir 2004

Purchased: Cellar Door ($19)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2005, only six weeks in the bottle when we tried it, plum and black cherry fruit, it has the power on the front but is still too young to judge if it will develop mid-palate complexity, assertive tannic finish. I'll try the wine again in 2010 (***)

Warramate White Label Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2005, seems fairly deep expression of blackberry and plum, spicy and medium bodied with assertive tannins, still fairly closed, needs several years to really judge it (***)

Warramate Riesling 2005

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2005, straightforward tropical fruit and lemon Riesling, restrained fruit expression, dry minerally finish , a summer quaffer (**1/2)

Warramate White Label Shiraz 2002

Purchased: Prince of Wales, St. Kilda ($38)

Drink: 2012

Drink: Not Reviewed Yet