A key component in our flagship blend; Dry Red Wine No. 1, it is difficult in most years to have a single varietal bottling. 2019 sent us good yields and great flavour and so we are able to bottle a small run. Berry compote and cigar box, the softness of Merlot bringing an enticing full fruit palate. Lovely subtle brown spices like clove and cardamom adding some complexity and structure. Our cool climate ensuring a lovely acid energy and line.
“Merlot doesn’t often appear as a YY varietal bottling – the last was in 2012. While somewhat closed, this is starting to reveal itself as a wine of note. Raspberries and blackcurrants doused with cocoa and a vibrancy throughout. There’s a plushness across the palate, with woodsy spices and a slight green cardamom taste that’s unusual but appealing.” – Jane Faulkner, 2022 Halliday Wine Companion.
All hand harvested then the bunches sent across a sorting table, only the very best berries go into this wine. Merlot with whole berry ferments for fragrance and palate flesh. All fermented in half-tonne fermenters and hand plunged twice daily for gentle tannin extraction. French oak maturation in the underground cellar with 30% new barrels for 14 months.
Varietals: 100% Merlot
Region: Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
History: Yarra Yering released possibly the most famous Australian Merlot with the 1990 vintage. At $100 on release it created quite a stir. Outrageous at the time but it sold out quickly.
Vines: Merlot has been part of the Yarra Yering vineyard since the first vines were planted in 1969. The first Merlot vines were interplanted with the No. 1 Cabernet (West End) and in the neighbouring block (Middle East) in 1969 with subsequent plantings made in 1990 (Far East) on the newly acquired neighbouring land.
Cellaring: Inherent in Merlot is an approachability and softness, extended cellaring isn’t necessary but would be appropriate for up to 10 years with this wine.
Analysis: 14% Alc.
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