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Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz 2018



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  • A perfumed, fine-boned expression of Shiraz
  • Beautiful cool-climate fruit and deft winemaking on show
  • Champion Wine of Show – 2019 National Wine Show

Hand harvested, the bunches pass across a sorting table before being destemmed with no crushing to retain whole berries. Fermentation in the Yarra Yering half-tonne open-fermenters, gently hand lunged twice daily.  A component of 100% whole bunch fermentation as well as some 20% whole bunch fermentation bring some volume and plushness to the fruit palate. Air bag pressed to release the last fermenting juice form the many whole berries remaining. The wine then aged for 12 months in French oak puncheons (500L) only 25% new oak.

Perfumed cool climate Shiraz; deliciously medium bodied with a lick of aniseed spice. Bright boysenberry fruits bring energy to the palate and some black plums a more traditional fruit concentration. As always from this block we see some cured meat and a smoke-char interest driving the back palate. A solid core of fruit, the oak is a faint seasoning that plays second fiddle to the fruit.


Huon Hooke

“Very bright, youthful, deep purple/red colour, and a lovely bouquet of blackberry and cassis, oak making a subtle contribution, the palate intense and powerful, full-bodied but not big or anywhere near a blockbuster, the tannins abundant and supple, fine-grained and persistent for the entire palate. An utterly gorgeous wine, cabernet characteristics well in evidence, but already complex, profound and multi-layered. Wonderful flavour and precision. Prodigious length, seamless harmony and great potential – although it’s a great drink now.” Huon Hooke, The Real Review


Campbell Mattinson

“A wine with long fingers and arms. It was grown on a single block of shiraz, planted in ’73. It eats elegance for breakfast, berried fruit for lunch, herb and wood spice notes for afters. Plum, char, smoked herbs, fresh red cherries, a slip of creamy/smoky oak. The balance of this wine is an experience in itself. Best of all: it pushes out gloriously through the finish.” – Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion


Mike Benni

Supple, long, savoury and bright, game meat and just ripe red berries in a cavalcade of flavour and delicious texture, rolls long, wonderful, with authority and a general sense of quality. Lithe and tissue-pappery tannins a treat, the feel just righteous. It’s a wine that hits the glass with a slosh of ‘yes!’, with the first whiff on the first nostril off an arm’s length. The first sip a ‘yep!’, and you’re on your way. It feels fancy and good, complex and interesting, easy on the palate and showing us all what shiraz can do when great.” – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front