YERING STATION Reserve Shiraz Viognier, Yarra Valley
Since 1997, Yering Station has been producing expressive Yarra Valley wines. Under the current guidance of Willy Lunn (and before that Nathan Scarlett), Yering Station employs traditional techniques and new technology to continually improve the wines they produce–the Reserves are the highest expression of the winery. Only made in exceptional vintages, the ‘Reserve’ range from Yering Station comprises fine Yarra Valley Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz Viognier, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Ethereal and elegant, with beautiful balance and structure. Rich and complex, with black fruits dominating the mid-palate. Dark chocolate and earthy spices are complemented by super fine
There is slightly less than 2% co-fermented Viognier, but it plays an important role in creating the highly fragrant and expressive bouquet. Yes, it's vintage driven with a riot of red and purple fruits, but the perfect structure and balance goes way beyond normal wines.
96 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion, July 2019.
Deep, dark, bold red/purple colour; concentrated. The bouquet is dusty, five-spicy and charming, with sweet nutmeg overtones, and a sprinkling of charred oak. The tannins are fine and firm, elegantly-sculpted and the palate is tense, concentrated and very persistent. A classy wine of great elegance and age-worthiness.
97 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review, August 2019.
So complex and refined with intense plum and mulberry aromas and flavours, framed in spice, pepper and caramelized, meaty notes. The dusty tannin texture is alluring. Good length, too.
93 points, Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com, June 2019.
Yarra ValleyThe Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.