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There was something magical in the air during vintage 2014 for winemaker Sarah Crowe and Yarra Yering. Blocks slotting into place just so.
The warm weather suited the dry grown vineyard down to the ground. Each wine produced a work of art. The Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2 clearly some of her best work to date.
This is Shiraz with small portions of Mataro, Marsanne and Viognier added for inflection. This is one of the wines to earn Sarah the coveted Halliday Winemaker of the Year accolade for 2017, this attracting a near perfect 98 points from Mr. Halliday.
The hype around these wines is to be believed, they are simply glorious. The No. 2 is one of the best.
What It Tastes Like
“Largely shiraz, with a small amount of mataro added and co-fermented with viognier and marsanne. Brought back an instant recollection of the Bayeux Tapestry. It commences with a Catherine wheel of aromas, flavours and textures which are astounding, and - you think - leave nothing more to be said. But there’s more, much more. For one thing, it is a sacrilege to spit out any of the wine when tasting it, for the autopilot is still working furiously trying to capture the interplay between the infinitely complex fruit flavours, the charcuterie, the spices, the earth, the tannins, the oak, and the licorice.” - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
98 points. “Largely shiraz, with a small amount of mataro added and co-fermented with viognier and marsanne. Brought back an instant recollection of the Bayeux Tapestry. It commences with a Catherine wheel of aromas, flavours and textures which are astounding, and - you think - leave nothing more to be said. But there’s more, much more. For one thing, it is a sacrilege to spit out any of the wine when tasting it, for the autopilot is still working furiously trying to capture the interplay between the infinitely complex fruit flavours, the charcuterie, the spices, the earth, the tannins, the oak, and the licorice.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
Fruit was hand-picked and destemmed directly to the Yarra Yering half-tonne open-fermenters. As much whole berry as possible is retained to encourage perfume. Stalks were added back to one-third of the fermenters in order to contribute structure and aroma. The wine was aged for 18 months in 100% French oak barriques, 50% new before blending and bottling.
Varietals: 96% Shiraz, 2.5% Mataro, 1% Viognier, 0.5% Marsanne
Region: Yarra Valley (Gruyere)
Vines: Fruit was sourced from the original 1969 plantings on the Estate. The Shiraz and Marsanne established in 1969, plus additional Shiraz, Mataro & Viognier drawn from vines planted from 1984 to 1995.
Cellaring: Drinking beautifully at present but this vineyard has a proven pedigree and track record thus it will continue to evolve for a further 20+ years under suitable cellaring conditions.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2039
About the Producer
Yarra Yering are one of the Yarra Valley’s most prestigious and historic wineries. The original vines planted in 1969 form the backbone of this vineyard and were some of the first in the region since the collapse of the local wine trade in 1920. Today, Yarra Yering stands as a benchmark producer, and with the formidable winemaking mind of Sarah Crowe at the helm, looks to be entering a second golden age. Sarah was named James Halliday’s Winemaker of the Year for 2017 off the back of her exceptional work with the 2014, 2015 and 2016 releases.
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.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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