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2016 Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2

2016 Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2

'The most highly aromatic bouquet with perfumed fruits and spices dancing on the forest floor, the palate a liquid expression of the bouquet.'

97 points - James Halliday's Wine Companion

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DESCRIPTION
  • The inimitable No. 2 Shiraz Viognier blend from Yarra Yering raises its head once again, and its in absolute standout form. Sourced from a cracking red vintage in the Yarra Valley, this baby Cote Rotie is aromatic, spicy and decadent and provides a good argument as to why Yarra Valley Shiraz can be such a workhorse. The colour is unabashedly bright, with hints of ruby and slips of decadent purple, the wine itself medium bodied and not over-tempered. Forest cherries, blueberries, chocolate cream and savoury undertones of pepper berry and charcuterie flood the senses. It will be a wine best served in another 10 years at least, when it can truly unfurl its wings.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Fruit was hand-picked, bunch sorted and destemmed directly to the Yarra Yering half-tonne open-fermenters. As much whole berry as possible is retained to encourage perfume. Some stalks were added back to some of the fermenters in order to contribute structure and aroma. Some fermenters added frozen Viognier skins to the bottom, some with Marsanne skins. The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barriques, 30% new before blending and bottling.

    Varietals: 95% Shiraz, 2% Viognier, 2% Mataro, 1% Marsanne

    Region: Yarra Valley (Gruyere)

    Vines: Original 1969 plantings of Shiraz and Marsanne with 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.

    Analysis: 14.2 % ALC

    TASTING NOTES

    Intense perfume, mixed berry fruits, floral notes and spice. Primary fruit leads onto savoury graphite and white pepper underpinned by stalkiness and concentrated meatiness.

  • REVIEWS

    '95% shiraz, 2% viognier, 2% mataro, 1% marsanne, whole berries open-fermented with some stalks added back in, some batches with frozen viognier skins on the bottom, some with marsanne skins, matured for 12 months in French barriques (30% new). The most highly aromatic bouquet with perfumed fruits and spices dancing on the forest floor, the palate a liquid expression of the bouquet. Alive with juicy, gently savoury tannins beating a beautiful tattoo, the finish drawn out by the peacock's tail of the multifaceted aftertaste.'
    97 Points - James Halliday


    'The deliciously fresh brambles, blackberries and dried violets are what you’d first pick up on first here. You’ll later find more meaty elements, clay and dried herbs. Full body, succulent tannins, layers of blue and black fruit and a juicy, very spicy finish. Drink in 2021. A blend of shiraz, viognier and marsanne.'
    95 Points - James Suckling


    'Deep, dark red/purple colour. The bouquet is pleasantly balanced with subtle spice and vanilla, floral, violet and dark berry flavours which recur on the palate. It has a deep, sneaky complexity. The tannins are soft and ample, fleshy and quite elegant. There is a lovely fruit-sweet core. A gorgeous wine.'
    95 Points - Huon Hooke