Yabby Lake Vineyard was established by the Kirby family in 1998, in Tuerong, which is located in the northern end of the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. Over the past decade, the vineyard has built a reputation for chardonnay and pinot noir of great purity and character under its Single Vineyard and Single Block Release labels.Led by winemaker Tom Carson, the Yabby Lake philosophy is to craft wines that speak of our site and the season in which they were grown. It's the attention and care in the vineyard that is most critical to allowing this expression.
Yabby Lake's Single Vineyard range specialises in crafting wines of great purity and character, reflective of the site and season on which it was grown. The Single Vineyard Chardonnay typifies this philosophy and has impressed wine critics both nationally and internationally.
Each parcel of chardonnay was carefully handpicked between 26 February - 2 March, in pristine condition. Every parcel was handled separately in the winery, with minimal intervention. The chardonnay was whole bunch pressed and transferred with solids, into tight grain 500L French oak puncheons (20% new) to undergo natural fermentation. It was then left to mature on lees for 11 months, without malolactic fermentation proceeding until bottling in late January 2019.
Defined by its citrus blossom aromatic lift and precise long, lingering finish. Characteristics pristine, pure and intense aroma. The palate is poised and complex. Tightly wound together with a precise minerality, the wine has beautiful line and length.
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
Various clones from different blocks, hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, cloudy juice into French puncheons (20% new), matured for 11 months. This has elegance as well as generous proportions, every input of fruit and oak made to measure.
Light straw hue, with a likewise restrained, backward aroma, slightly reductive. It seems unevolved. There's a savouriness to the palate and the wine is dry but soft, firm but not austere, and promising to take some age gracefully. It has tightness of structure that suggests potential. A tight, long palate. Very good.
Very attractively captured lemon and young-peach aromas with melon and gently flinty and stony complexity. The palate has a very composed and long stream of fresh peach and lemon-curd flavor. Gently spicy oak builds on the clean, crisp finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.