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Yarra Yering Dry Red Wine No.2 2018

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  • An icon of the Yarra Valley
  • Shiraz 95% Mataro 3% Viognier 1% Marsanne 1%
  • Langton’s Classified “Excellent”

Fruit was hand-picked, transferred across a sorting table and destemmed directly to the Yarra Yering half-tonne open-fermenters. As much whole berry as possible is retained to encourage perfume. A little stalk return to some of the fermenters in order to contribute structure and aroma.A portion of fermenters had frozen Viognier skins added to the bottom, some with Marsanne skins. The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barriques, 30% new before blending and bottling.

A complex and layered wine; sweet and savoury all at once. The fragrance is melting pot of violets, plums, savoury spices and a whiff of bramble. Moderate in weight; the plum fruits come in all colours dialling up the flavour interest. There is cigar box and cardamom spice lending intrigue. Firm yet fine tannins ably support the fruit and texture drive the palate. This one is hard to put in a box, there is so much to love.

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Mike Bennie

“Shiraz, viognier, marsanne, mataro; a blend for the ages. A wonder that others have’t had a crack at the same. A gauntlet thrown down. Slurpy, rich and fresh red of jolly, loose knit and spice-laden, come hither fruit character. Red plums, clove and cinnamon, dark chocolate-liquorice, faint game meat and dried herbs. Lots going on here in its meaty, fleshy feel. The lush slosh of flavour feels biggish and bold from front to mid palate, sweetish in that core, then finishes quite quickly to a powdery-tannin finish. Viognier in the driving seat. A chomp and chomp closes things each sip, nicely. A lively red of voluptuous feel, done well.” – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

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Campbell Mattinson

“Shiraz 95%, mataro 3%, viognier 1%, marsanne 1%. Impeccable form. There’s a sweetness to the fruit and a savouriness to the finish, redcurrant and twists of herbs, with floral overtones and oak as garnish. It’s smooth-skinned but not syrupy; it’s a wine in complete control. Not a question mark in sight.” – Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion