As folk lore would have it, Yarra Yering was one of a handful of vineyards instrumental in re establishing the Yarra Valley’s reputation for premium wine. The late Dr. Bailey Carrodus established Yarra Yering in 1969.
Due to being ‘dry grown’, and great attention to detail in the vineyards, the vines are very low yielding. This leads to intense, flavourful grapes. Happily, this equates to delicious wines, continuing to develop over many years.
Now in the talented hands of Sarah Crowe as chief winemaker, the wines are as exceptional as they have ever been. Sarah was justly awarded ‘Winemaker of the Year’ in the 2017 James Halliday’s Wine Companion.
In mid March 2021, I was delighted to finally attend a tasting at Yarra Yering. As a starting point, I selected the ‘Current Release – Classic’ tasting flight. I look forward to returning soon. The next tasting on my wish list is the ‘Carrodus’ Range. I will keep you posted.
I enjoyed the concise manner in which the wines were presented on the tasting mat. This made it easy to compare differences between the wines on re-tasting.
Although all of the wines in the bracket were drop dead gorgeous, I will focus here on the 2 Shiraz based wines.
Underhill Shiraz – 2018
Planted at the western end of the vineyard to attract maximum afternoon sun. A whisper of aniseed, plum and blackberry.
Well judged whole bunch fermentation adds aromatics and texture. Just 25% new French oak allows the pristine fruit to express it’s authentic character.
The fine grained tannins need time yet to integrate. As the wine matures, we may well see cured meats / charcuterie becoming more evident. Lets share a bottle in 10 years.
Dry Red No 2 – 2018
A classical cool climate Shiraz / Syrah style. Paying homage to it’s spiritual home of the Rhone Valley.
95% Shiraz. The balance is a blend of other Rhone varietals – Mataro, Viognier, and Marsanne.
Already complex due to additional varieties, this wine is layered and intriguing. The texture is already pleasing, perhaps due to some stalks being added back to the ferment, adding structure and aroma.
This is a wine that engages all senses. Due to the complexity and balance, the wine is already delicious. However I would be delighted to share a bottle in 5 to 10 years.
Yarra Yering are now taking groups of up to 6 on a Perfect Day Tour.
Don’t you deserve a Perfect Day Tour?