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The Yarra Yering Pinot Noir is a consistently excellent example of Pinot Noir from this region.
The winemaking from Sarah Crowe on this wine is finely detailed, right down to the small 1 tonne ferments, retrospective stalk addition and extended skin contact to extract the supple essence of the fruit from this famous vineyard.
The 2014 is a highly regarded vintage for this wine. It recieved 97 points from James Halliday and was one of the contributing releases to Sarah’s prestigious James Halliday Winemaker of the Year award for 2017.
Top flight in every respect, this is a wine for true connoisseurs of Australia’s best Pinot Noirs.
What It Tastes Like
“Four clones planted ‘69, ‘81 and ‘84. Relatively light colour; the bouquet is supercharged with floral perfume that fills the senses and paves the way for the gloriously fine and beautifully detailed palate. Here red fruits of every description dance a pas de deux with gossamer, yet persistent, tannins. The length is prodigious, the line of almost painful precision, the balance perfection. French oak. Well, I know it’s there, but trying to verbalise it is a waste of time.” - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
97 points. “Four clones planted ‘69, ‘81 and ‘84. Relatively light colour; the bouquet is supercharged with floral perfume that fills the senses and paves the way for the gloriously fine and beautifully detailed palate. Here red fruits of every description dance a pas de deux with gossamer, yet persistent, tannins. The length is prodigious, the line of almost painful precision, the balance perfection. French oak. Well, I know it’s there, but trying to verbalise it is a waste of time.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
A mixed planting of 4 clones was undertaken in 1969, then repeated in 1981 this time being close planted and again in 1984. A medium bodied yet powerful style of Pinot noir featuring a rich velvety palate, supple and long. Both elegant and powerful at the same time this wine represents the individual site with crisp natural acidity, pert tannins and lingering flavours.
The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of the morning and delivered direct to the winery. The fruit was destemmed & partially crushed directly to the traditional Yarra Yering “tea chest” 1-tonne capacity open fermenters. Stalks were added back to one-quarter of the fermenters to contribute subtle structure, complexity and aroma. Fermentation initiated naturally and was supplemented with a select cultured yeast strain part-way through fermentation to ensure completion. One-third of the selected ferments were pressed after 5 days to complete fermentation in French oak barrels. The balance were allowed to macerate for varying amounts of time post-fermentation to draw additional tannin, structure, softness & complexity from extended skin contact. The resultant blend was aged for 18 months in French oak casks, 40% new with the balance 2 year old. Bottled via gravity with no filtration.
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2029
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.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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