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Yarra Yering

www.yarrayering.com

Briarty Rd, Coldstream, 3770

Cellar Door: Sat (10-5), Sun (2-5) until stocks run out

Ph: (03) 5964 9267

St.kilda Tastings
Yarra Yering comes to St. Kilda, a change from their usual low key marketing

Yarra Yering is one of Victoria's most iconic wineries and led the revival of the Yarra Valley as a serious wine region. Its founder Dr. Bailey Carrodus died in September 2008 after a short illness.

Before Yarra Yering the attitude towards local wine production in Melbourne was very different from now. In the 1960s wowsers at the time wanted to outlaw and prosecute the small amateur wine-makers in the Melbourne environs, many of whom were recent European immigrants. In 1967 Baily wrote an influential letter The Age (Melbourne's daily newspaper) attacking the wowsers.

Baily himself has always strongly encouraged the wine should be made to be as good as possible, that it should be drunk in moderation and always with food.

Tom Kirk from Canberra’s iconic Clonakilla winery regarded Baily as a mentor and "a brilliant, complex, determined individual", who taught him that making great wine was a task worth dedicating one's life to.

In 1973 Yarra Yering was the first Yarra Valley winery to release a commercial wine in fifty years. Dr. Bailey Carrodus, a former CSIRO botanist, searched long and hard before settling on a spectacular spot at Coldstream in 1969 with business partner, the lawyer Reg Egan. Egan had established Wantirna Estate in 1963, the first new winery in the Melbourne environs since the 19th century.

The complex volatile wines are powerful and often eschew current wine-making fashions. His Dry Red No.1 was included by famous world wine writer, Jancis Robinson, as one of the top forty wines in the world (the wines are labelled by the variety only if they are 100%, if they are blends then they are given a number).

The straight varietals include Shiraz, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Dry Red No.1 blend is a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The Dry Red No. 2 is a Cote Rotie blend of Shiraz, Viognier and Marsanne.

Another treat is the Potsorts a super-concentrated fortified blend of six reds that should make great X-mas day drinking.

Hopefully assistant winemaker, Mark Haisma, will be allowed to continue the path set by Bailey.

Yarra Yering
The Yarra Yering vineyards are just outside of Coldstream
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)

New reviews

Yarra Yering Light Dry Red 2016

Purchased: Not ($83)

Drink: 2027

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2017, a 50%: 50% blend of Shiraz and Pinot Noir, a style once more common in the Hunter Valley, perfumed and intense black cherry and blackberry with raspberry, anise, and pepper nuances, leafy with mid-palate  juicy plumpness from the Shiraz, fine and dusty tannins, great length, interesting textural synergies from two varieties that are now rarely blended in this way (*****)

Yarra Yering Dry White No.1 2014

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2026

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2017, predominantly Semillon with some Chardonnay, textural and complex lemon grass and green melon with herbal notes and a touch of smokiness. toasty oak and zesty lemony acidity, good length (****1/2)

Yarra Yering Dry Red No.1 2014

Purchased: Not ($90)

Drink: 2030

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2017, Shiraz and a bit of Mataro that is co-fermented with Viognier and Marsanne, perfumed and silky black cherry, dark plum and mulberry with black pepper, anise and white flower notes,  long and earthy medium bodied palate with meaty and herbal complexity, toasty mocha-cedar oak and lingering savoury tannins (****1/2)

Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz 2014

Purchased: Not ($90)

Drink: 2026

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2017, from a neighbouring block that was purchased, these vines date to 1973, intense and powerful black cherry and blackberry with liquorice, violet, mint and black pepper notes, cedar/ vanilla oak and pliant fine grained tannin (****)

Yarra Yering Pinot Noir 2015

Purchased: Not ($92)

Drink: 2027

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, 20% whole bunch inclusion, floral and slightly reductive red cherry and strawberry with aniseed, herb and rose petal notes, focussed and supple medium bodied palate unpinned with super-fine tannins, gently stemmy acidiy and well integrated clove/cinnamon French oak (*****)

Yarra Yering Dry Red Wine No.3 2015

Purchased: Not ($85)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, firm and tannic blend of six Portuguese varieties (touringa nacional, tinta roriz, tinta cao, tinta amarela, alvarelhao, souzao, spicy and supple plum and sour black cherry with violet, aniseed and thyme aspects, bitter chocolate finish, matured in 300 litre barrels (*****)

Yarra Yering Dry Red Wine No.1 2014

Purchased: Not ($92)

Drink: 2032+

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, long cellaring but ultimately elegant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot. Malbec and Petit Verdot. floral and concentrated and dusty cassis, mulberry and blackberry with aniseed, sage and mint notes, fleshy ad earthy, 100% new French oak, needs at least a decade to open up and another to hit its peak (*****)

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2 Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($92)

Drink: 2028+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2015, Cote Rotie style blend of 96% Shiraz, 2% Viognier, 1% Marsanne, !% Mataro, heady perfume, slightly reductive, supple medium bodied core of mulberry, raspberry and blackberry with violet and pepper notes, good length and freshness, toasty mocha-cedar oak and drying tannins (****1/2)

Yarra Yering Dry Red No.1 2012

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2028+

(GXY) Tasting: July 2014, Cabernet-dominated blend with Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot inputs, heady perfume, vibrant and complex array of cassis, blueberry, mulberry and black cherries with mint, dried herb, cedar and violet notes, penetrating core of sour-edged fruit, glycerolly palate is underpinned with crunchy dusty tannins, the mild vintage suited this style (*****)

Yarra Yering Dry Red No.2 2012

Purchased: Not ($92)

Drink: 2026+

(GXY) Tasting: July 2014, mainly Shiraz with tiny Viognier and Mataro inputs, highly aromatic, supple medium bodied core of blackberry and mulberry fruit with black pepper, violet, anise notes, very long with toasty mocha/cinnamon oak, the tannin and acid balance will allow this wine to develop for another decade (*****)

Yarra Yering Pinot Noir 2008

Purchased: Not ($90)

Drink: 2016+

(GXY) Tasting: April 2011, quite fragrant, linear and tightly wound black cherry and redcurrant with rose petal, anise and warm earth notes, has good depth with the suppleness not to become a ’dry red’, chassis of well integrated fine tannin with some clove and cinnamon oak spice on the lingering finish, some stemmy complexity (****1/2)

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2 2006

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: April 2011, the 95% Shiraz is co-fermented with Viognier, Marsanne and Mourvedre, perfumed black cherry, plum and raspberry with black pepper and violet notes, silky and slightly leathery medium bodied palate with a spine of firm underlying tannins, vibrant acidity with a hint of citrus rind, creamy mocha-chocolate oak, very good persistence (****)

Yarra Yering Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: April 2011, green-yellow colour, this is in a fuller, opulent style showing nectarine and melon fruit, 100% malo, very good length with bright lemony acids and flinty phenolics, the 40% new French oak is well judged to match the fruit power (****)

Yarra Yering Carrodus Merlot 2008

Purchased: Not ($150)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2010, the mild vintage has brought the best from the rather vintage dependent vines, long and tightly wound core of brooding blackcurrant, mulberry and cranberry, earthy with leafy and tobacco nuances, finishes with firm gravelly tannins and charry cedar-vanilla oak, has the focus, power and length missing from all but a tiny handful of Australasian Merlots, shame the price and tiny release will mean that few will get to try this benchmark wine (*****)

Yarra Yering Dry Red No.2 2005

Purchased: Not ($65)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2007, Shiraz lifted with small amounts of Viognier and Marsanne, wonderfully fragrant with a clear and deep set expression of ripe dark plum, blackberries, silky smooth spicy palate that avoids getting too apricotty, fine powdery and gamey tannins with seamlessly integrated chocolate-vanilla oak (*****)

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1 2005

Purchased: Not ($65)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2007, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot blend, better focussed than the 2004, impeccable blackberry, mulberry and black cherry definition with mint, violet and liquorice features, palate is underlain with rich herbal and spice notes, some chalky minerality, well handled cedar-vanilla oak with dusty tannins, pure class (*****)

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1 2004

Purchased: Not ($65)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2006, the old school Claret style that made the winery famous in the 1980s, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot blend, tremendous blackberry and cherry concentration without any hint of jamminess with mint, violet and liquorice features, deep palate underlaid with intense herbal and spice notes, cedar-vanilla oak with firm, dusty tannins, powerful and classy (****1/2)

Yarra Yering Potsorts 2004

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2006, unusual fortified blend of six reds, sweet and super-concentrated but not in the port style, multi-layered prune, blackberry and plum pudding, spicy palate finishes surprisingly dry, hot finish, over 21% alcohol, Co-winemaker Mark Haisma reckons its great X-mas Day drinking (****1/2)

Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2006, intense blackberry and cranberry with mint, concentrated palate is verging on porty with leafy and herbal features, well integrated sawdusty cedar-vanilla oak with slightly green, fine tannins (***1/2)