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In 1983 the CSIRO brought the first cuttings of Roussanne into this country. The de Pury family planted them alongside some pre-existing Marsanne and more than thirty years on, this tiny vineyard produces one of the country's greatest examples of this classic Rhone-inspired white blend. The wine is matured for around 8-9 months in old oak yet maintains amazing freshness and structure. It is complex and layered without ever being overbearing. On the 2013 version, Campbell Mattinson commented that "despite its cutting length, boasts a mellifluous softness." and every day it spends in bottle, it just looks better and better. The amount of this wine made every year is tiny, in the case of the 2013 a mere 50 dozen were produced. Given the quality of the producer, the vintage and the reputation and scarcity of this wine, it will not be around for long.
What it Tastes Like
"Yeringberg continues to get this blend right. It’s remarkably good drinking, both young though (more especially_ with a few years of bottle age under its belt. This release tastes of peach, honeysuckle and lime and despite its cutting length, boasts a mellifluous softness." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
93+ points. "50 dozen made. Blend of 52% marsanne with 48% roussanne. Yeringberg continues to get this blend right. It’s remarkably good drinking, both young though (more especially with a few years of bottle age under its belt. This release tastes of peach, honeysuckle and lime and despite its cutting length, boasts a mellifluous softness." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
The vineyard is planted approximately 60% Marsanne and 40% Roussanne. The Marsanne was planted in 1973 with a clone from Gol Gol. The Roussanne was planted in 1983-85 with the first cuttings brought into Australia via CSIRO Merbein. Generally the Marsanne is picked a week or 10 days before the Roussanne, so they are fermented separately. The fruit is crushed, destemmed and basket pressed. The fermentations are mostly completed in tank, and then the wine is racked to old hogsheads for 8-9 months. There is no new wood and no MLF. No fining. Limited lees stirring in recent years.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2022
About the Producer
There are few wineries in the Yarra Valley with the prestigious history of Yeringberg. Founders Guill & Sandra de Pury were pioneers of the region and in James Halliday’s opinion, “…(they) are renowned for wines of finesse and elegance that epitomise the finest the region can produce.” These are stunning, scarcely available wines that are simply a must try for lovers of premium Victorian wine.
The Yarra Valley stands tall as one of the country’s finest cool-climate wine regions. Only a short jaunt from Melbourne, the Yarra has become a tourist hot-spot for its stunning scenery, high quality produce, and of course, as the home to some of the country’s most iconic wine producers. From the extraordinarily elegant Cabernets and Syrahs that populate the ‘Valley floor’, to the precise and complex versions of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that hail from the higher climes of the Yarra, this region is diverse and in a state of change. As temperatures rise and phylloxera infiltrates each pocket of the Yarra Valley, the range of alternative varieties from continental Europe is sure to increase to create a more colourful picture of the region. The Yarra embodies so much of what is great about the modern Australian wine scene.
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