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Yeringberg

www.yeringberg.com

Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, 3770

Cellar Door: By appointment

Ph: (03) 9739 1453

Yeringberg is a small iconic producer located on the site of one of the Victoria's most famous 19th century wineries.

The original winery was established by a Swiss migrant, baron Frederic Guillaume de Pury in 1862 was able to win gold medals on London, Paris and San Francisco wine shows. The combined impact of downy mildew, starlings and decline in the Australian market for premium table wines meant that Yeringberg pulled out their vines in 1921.

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The closing of Yeringberg, the region's last major winery, turned the lights out on Yarra as a wine region until the winery was revived in 1969 by Guil de Pury.

The de Pury family have kept the property and original 2 storey wooden winery and underground cellars are classified by the National Trust.

Guil's daughter, Sandra, is now the winemaker while his son David, is the viticulturalist. Only hand picked estate grapes are used, the vines are all hand pruned. While the wines are approachable when young they are designed for long term cellaring.

The wines made by the winery are: Chardonnay, a Marsanne/Rousanne blend, Pinot Noir, a Shiraz (from fairly young vines due to a (with hindsight) mistaken vine pull), and the Yeringberg blend (Cabernet Sauvignon with various support from Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Viognier is a new addition.

Most of small production run is sold via mail order although some finds its way into premium wine stores.

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)

Yeringberg Cabernets 2014

Purchased: Not ($90)

Drink: 2030+

(GXY) Tasting: July 2017, Gold Medal at Yarra Valley Wine Show 2016, Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, heady and leafy cranberry, cassis abd blueberry with tobacco, violet and dried herb notes, precise, spicy and dusty, long and medium bodied, fine grained cedar/vanilla oak (*****)

Yeringberg Shiraz 2014

Purchased: Not ($86)

Drink: 2030

(GXY) Tasting: July 2017, 2% Marsanne, 1% Viognier co-ferment, perfumed and supple black cherry and redcurrant with black pepper and iris and citrus blossom florals, graphite minerality, long and stylish with persistent, powdery tannins (*****)

Yeringberg Cabernets 2013

Purchased: Not ($90)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2017, elegant and pure blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Blanc, Petit Verot and Malbec, fragrant redcurrant, plum and red cherry with a touch of blueberry plus some sage and musk notes, long and dusty medium bodied palate persistent finely structured tannins and charry cinnamon/clove oak (****1/2)

Yeringberg Marsanne Rousanne 2012

Purchased: Not: ($53)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: May 2015, a touch fuller than the 2011 but less viscous than many White Rhone blends, rounded poached pear, lime and lemon butter with a dusting of cinnamon and citrus blossom, fresh orange rind acidity and powdery phenolics, has the balance to benefit from medium term cellaring (****)

Yerinberg Yerinberg Cabernets 2011

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2013, perfumed, elegant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, good colour for the vintage, juicy and pure mulberry, plum and cassis with menthol, musky spices, iris and garden herb notes, lean and bony structure in a medium bodied framework , lingering powdery tannins with balanced spicy/charry French oak (****1/2)

Yerinberg Pinot Noir 2011

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2013, fairly lean and reserved as expected from this cold vintage, silky and light-medium bodied red cherry and redcurrant with rose petal florals, a glycerolly mid-palate, brittle but focussed core of fruit with a herbally finish, discrete spicy vanilla/clove oak (****)

Yeringberg Yeringberg 2010

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2026+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013,  aromatic, leafy,  medium bodied blend using all five of main Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot, supple, deeply fruited and shapely core of cherries, redcurrants and cassis with violet, mint and garden herb notes, very long and evenly ripened with spicy cedar-vanilla oak, persistent but pliant powdery tannins, the low 13% will add to the cellaring life of the wine, one of the best recent vintages for this blend (*****)

Yeringberg Chardonnay 2011

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, reserved and delicate reflecting the cold vintage, minerally lemon blossom, melon and white peach with some matchstick notes, sappy  grapefruit acidity with creamy cashew-vanilla-nutmeg oak and savoury-edged phenolics  (****)

Yeringberg Marsanne Roussanne 2011

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, modestly viscous, spicy poached pear, apple, and honeydew melon with cinnamon, rose petal and clove notes, long with powdery phenolics, orange peel acidity and  a wet pebble finish, needs a bit more time to stretch out (****)

Yeringberg Pinot Noir 2010

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: July 2012, from a good vintage, delicate raspberry, strawberry and glazed cherry with spice, forest floor and wet moss notes, soft and slightly broad mid-plate palate but has some fine, sinewy tannins that snap the palate back into shape, some cinnamon and clove from the cedary oak on the lightly minty finish, good potential for development with medium term cellaring (****)

Yeringberg Chardonnay 2010

Purchased: Not ($46)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2012, after the bushfire related issues of 2009 this was a more typical vintage, lean and minerally core of lemon blossom, melon and pear with some lanolin, matchstick and lees notes, penetrating and finely sculptured with lively grapefruit acidity and well integrated cashew-vanilla-nutmeg oak on the savoury finish (****)

Yeringberg Marsanne Rousanne 2009

Purchased: Not ($52)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, well crafted blend of 57% Marsanne and 43% Rousanne, viscous, savoury and generous pear, apple, and citrus with cinnamon, rose petal and clove notes, long and seamless, will develop mealy/honeysuckle complexity with medium term cellaring (****1/2)

Yeringberg Yeringberg (Cabernet Blend) 2008

Purchased: Not ($65)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, perfumed and briary medium bodied blend using the five main Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot, tautly structured and leafy cassis and plum with violet, dark spice and dried herb notes, spicy cedar-vanilla oak with a firm chassis of finely powdered tannins (****)

Yeringberg Chardonnay 2008

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, minerally core of nectarine, pear and melon with nutty barrel ferment and dried fig notes, a little more subdued than normal with some twitchy lemon/grapefruit acids, restrained cashew-vanilla oak (***1/2)

Yeringberg Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, Northern Rhone Syrah influenced style, perfumed and medium bodied redcurrant and plum with savoury meat and cinnamon aspects, lingering chassis of powdery tannins, toasty spicy vanilla-cedar oak, look forward to future vintages as the vines age and build extra complexity and concentration (***1/2)

Yeringberg Viognier 2008

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2009, first release, creamy, long and opulent with apricot, spicy pear and tropical fruit with ginger and honeysuckle notes, underlain with chalky lemon acidity, finishes with zesty orange rind notes, well judged phenolics that sit on the knife edge between ripe tannic structure this variety can show and the bitterness of over-extraction, joins one of the tiny handful of Australasian producers who succeed with this fickle variety (****1/2)

Yeringberg Marsanne Rousanne 2008

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2009, celebrates the popular white blend at the original 19th century Yeringberg, fine and delicate with white peach, melon and orange peel, nutty and powdery palate finishes with firm cut of racy citric acids, will develop with medium term cellaring (****)

Yeringberg Cabernet Blend 2006

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($65)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, blend of the main Bordeaux red varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot, powerful but well structured core of red and black fruits with violet, cracked pepper, cinnamon, and dried herb complexity, vibrant with the spiciness framed by just the right amount of glycerol palate plumpness, quality oak with mouth-coating savoury tannins, needs time but will reward those with patience (*****)

Yeringberg Chardonnay 2007

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, taut and minerally but with lots going on, floral nose, stonefruit, melon and peach flavours, smooth and creamy mid-palate shows lemon brulee and nutty features, powdery texture runs through the palate, savoury finish with discrete but sweet vanilla oak (****)

Yeringberg Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, has graduated from the Young Vines label, perfumed lifted nose, medium bodied and savoury showing redcurrant and blackberry with cinnamon, clove and white pepper notes, creamy vanilla with lingering fine tannins (***1/2)

Yeringberg Pinot Noir 2006

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2008, ripe but a bit austere showing red cherry, strawberry, rose petals and plum, earthy, medium bodied and lightly spiced, some sour edged aspects on the back half of the palate, lingering savoury tannins, cinnamon-vanilla oak input (***1/2)

Yeringberg Marsanne Rousanne 2006

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting, Dec 2007, revival of popular 19th century blend at the original Yeringberg,, tightly wound and very focussed wine that really needs a decade to develop its toasty complexity but its worth the wait, at the moment there is lemon, pear and nectarine flavours with tangy orange rind citric acids, there is some gentle butter and cashew notes later on with chalky minerality and enough fresh acids to last the journey (****)

Yeringberg Cabernet Blend 2004

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting, Nov 2007, Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, vibrant and elegant showing brambly blackcurrant, mulberry and black cherry, glycerol smooth medium-full bodied palate is the backdrop for complex spice, dried herb and cinnamon with a touch of mint, classy cedar-vanilla oak with a touch of chocolate, fine tannins (****1/2)

Yeringberg Cabernet Blend 2005

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting, Nov 2007, Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, significantly riper and fuller bodied than the 2004 although it handles the 14.5% alcohol well, cassis and black cherry with violet notes, smooth and full bodied palate with pepper, dried herb and cinnamon complexity, sweet cedar-vanilla oak with dark chcolate and fine tannins, a bit firmer with slightly muted spiciness than the 2004 I was tasting at the same time (****)

Yeringberg Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting, Nov 2007, classy and elegant style showing stonefruit, melon, pear and peach flavours, creamy lemon brulee palate with nutty cashew and wheatmeal features, tightly knit sweet cashew oak with zesty citric acid and a lingering minerally finish (****1/2)

Yeringberg Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting, Nov 2007, creamy and elegant style showing grapefruit, melon and peach flavours leading to lemon brulee and wheatmeal palate, complex lees and barrel ferment features, seamlessly knitted together with the minerally base, cashew oak and fresh acids (****1/2)

Yeringberg Young Vines Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting, Nov 2007, tightly structured brambly blackcurrant, darl plums and black cherry with some anise aspects, silky and full bodied with dark chocolate and mint, oak has some pencil shavings aspects, firm but savoury tannins running through palate (****)