Yabby Lake Vineyard was established by the Kirby family in 1998, in Tuerong, which is located in the northern part of Mornington Peninsula. Over the past decade, the vineyard has built a reputation for single vineyard chardonnay and pinot noir of great purity and character. Led by winemaker Tom Carson, their philosophy is to craft wines that speak of site and season. It’s the attention and care in the vineyard that is most critical to allowing this expression. Careful site selection and an unyielding pursuit of quality have quickly elevated Yabby Lake into an upper echelon of producers in the region. Their vision and dedication has lead to some exciting accolades in recent years, including the history-making Block 1 Pinot Noir - the first pinot noir ever to win the revered Jimmy Watson Trophy, after 52 years of the award. The Yabby Lake is located in the Moorooduc sub-region of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula wine growing region. The first vineyards were planted at Red Hill. Yabby Lake produces premium wines with a focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The wines have a nod in the direction of the wines of Burgundy in France, but do still show unashamed bright Australian fruit flavours and textures. A Shiraz and Pinot Gris is also produced. Yabby Lake is the core brand but there is an association with Heathcote Estate from Heathcote, and the Red Claw and Cooralook wine ranges. A state of the art winery employs modern technique to carefully sort selected fruit. Though high technology comes into play, a reverence for old world wine making allows the fruit to express itself in more natural terms. Minimal intervention and winemaking artifice are secondary to quality fruit.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
MV6 from Blocks 1 and 2 planted in '98, wild-fermented with 30% whole bunches, 15 days on skins, matured in 1yo French puncheons, 600 magnums made. Combines richness with elegance, texture with freshness, its ultimate quality quietly defined by its length.