Three clones, four small ferments, mostly destemmed, some whole berry, some whole bunch, and some viognier co-fermented with some parcels (3% overall), 8-21 days on skins, 10 months maturation in barrel.
Shiraz 97%, Viognier 3%. This year’s Shiraz starts out quietly and really takes its time to offer up its charms. Cool blue fruits, cherry, clove and mint aromas emerge from this beautifully restrained and well-mannered wine. The nose unfurls over time, taking on complex notes of sandalwood, treacle and black pepper. It’s all very svelte and sophisticated, with just a hint of exotic luxury and opulence. The palate has a lovely sense of elegance, freshness and control, with wonderful frolicking between the spiciness of the fruit, the briary, peppery mid-palate and the fine structure and inky richness of the back palate. It feels effortless — nothing looks forced or out of proportion — and the flavours persist, fading gently before inviting another look. Drink for 8-10 years, or more
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Juicy, medium-bodied red berry flavours are well balanced, oak restraint is good.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT
You’d be hard-pressed to find a Yeringberg wine that wasn’t impeccably turned out. It’s a tiny old operation, nothing fancy or frilled, and yet everything is fussed over at the micro level. This is a perfectly balanced shiraz, juicy and perfumed, whispered with savouriness and indeed with garden herbs but essentially driven by cherry-plum. Firm-but-fine tannin takes the fruit by the hand and leads it out through the finish, acidity tuning the strings. Creamy, cedary oak is present but not dangerous.
NICK STOCK - JAMESSUCKLING.COM
A fresher style of Shiraz, showing just-picked elderberries, rosewater and a hint of brambleberries and underbrush. Light to medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Drink this young and enjoy!