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'Excellent hue and depth; this is a top-flight No. 1, fully reflecting the excellent vintage; the flavours are bold and luscious.'
97 Points - James Halliday
Planted in 1969, the unirrigated vines at our Yarra Valley vineyard produce elegant, complex and powerful wines. Approachable as young wines, they have the ability to develop in the bottle for many years. Yarra Yering is one of Australia’s most iconic wineries with an outstanding international reputation.
Winemaking - All fruit at Yarra Yering is hand-picked and delivered direct to the winery. The fruit was de-stemmed & partially crushed directly to the traditional Yarra Yering “tea chest” 0.5-tonne capacity open-fermenters. Stalks were added back to about 40% of the fermenters to contribute subtle influence on structure 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 (maximum 3 weeks) to draw additional tannin and structure from extended skin contact. The resultant blend was aged for 21 months in 100% new French oak barriques. Medium-toast is favoured for these fire-bent barrels, with toasted heads featuring stylistically. Bottled via gravity without filtration.
Season - 2012 in the Yarra Valley will go down as one of those exceptional vintages where all varieties achieved excellent quality. The resulting 2012 wines are beautifully balanced and integrated as young wines with the finesse and longevity that you’ve come to expect from this iconic vineyard.
Vines - Fruit was sourced from the original 1969 plantings on the estate, all established on own roots & unirrigated.
Aroma - A medley of bright cherry, mulberry and plum fruits sit comfortably amongst leather and tobacco savoury oak characteristics.
Palate - An absolute powerhouse of fruit intensity, youthful from mouth watering acidity, soft powdery fruit tannins accompanied by a framework of structural oak tannins holding everything together. A classic Bordeaux style in that it is tightly wound, this is a wine for the long haul that will reward patience with abundance.
Cellaring - Drinking beautifully at present but this vineyard has a proven pedigree & track record thus it will continue to evolve for a further 25+ years under suitable cellaring conditions.
Varietals - 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot.
Alc/vol - 13.5%
98 Points – Tony Love’s Top 100 Wines
'A Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend, with lesser amounts of Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Excellent hue and depth; this is a top-flight No. 1, fully reflecting the excellent vintage; the flavours are bold and luscious, yet the wine never threatens to lose its shape; first there is the multi-variety complexity, second the perfectly balanced ripe tannins. It almost seems superfluous to mention the new French oak, but it, too, helps weld the wine into its utterly coherent whole.'
97 Points – James Halliday
'Blackcurrant, fresh blackberry, violet notes, tobacco and cedar, and a slightly twiggy but attractive varietal top note. Medium bodied, firm acidity and a sluice of powdery – you might call them gravelly – tannin that runs long and persists on the finish. Depth of fruit and black tea and tobacco savouries, the oak beautifully integrated and all just so. Such impressive structure and quality here. Superb. Will cellar a treat. Touch and go for a massive 97 points.'
96+ Points - Gary Walsh
'Deepish red colour with a slight tinge of purple. The bouquet is complex and stylish, with smoky charcuterie fruit-oak interactions. It's intense and refined in the mouth, elegantly weighted and beautifully proportioned, with a long and lingering, perfectly balanced palate. The tannins are silky soft. A gorgeous wine.'
95 Points - Huon Hooke
'Produced from the original 1969 vines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the 2012 Dry Red No 1 possesses a deep garnet color and is beautifully scented of red and blackcurrants, black cherries and red plum with underlying cedar, violet, menthol and dried herb hints. Medium-bodied, it gives outstanding intensity supported by firm grainy tannins and oodles of freshness, all leading to a very long, earth- and herb-laced finish.'
94+ Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
93 Points - Jeremy Oliver