2011 Dry Red Wine No. 1


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Aroma: Restrained and elegant, will settle into itself after a few years in bottle. Shows signature blackberry, aniseed, sarsaparilla, marzipan & cassis with hints of bergamot & varietal herbal tones.

Palate: A medium-bodied claret style featuring a refined, fruit-layered palate. Juicy acidity, characteristic of this vineyard, underlays soft fruit and fine dusty tannins. In true Yarra Yering tradition, it combines power with poise, concentration with finesse.

All fruit at Yarra Yering is hand-picked and delivered direct to the winery. The fruit was destemmed & 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.

Varietals: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Malbec, 16% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot.

Region: Yarra Valley (Gruyere)

Season: The 2011 vintage growing season was defined by extraordinarily cool and wet conditions, effectively drawing a close to more than a decade of drought. These conditions delayed ripening in the fruit allowing flavour and complexity to develop at relatively low sugar levels prior to harvest.

Vines: Fruit was sourced from the original 1969 plantings on the estate, all established on own roots and unirrigated.

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.

Analysis: 13.5 % ALC

Accolades: 96 Points – James Halliday, Wine Companion. Langton’s Classified “Excellent”

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