Coldstream Hills Reserve Shiraz, Yarra Valley
Shiraz at Coldstream Hills is made using a number of techniques including fermentation in small open and static fermentation vessels. In some years, a small percentage of Viognier is included to give the wine greater mouth feel and lift. The wine is matured in French oak barrels for approximately sixteen months, prior to blending and bottling. It is then bottle matured for twelve months prior to release.
Silky and concentrated, the wine displays all the hallmarks of cool climate Shiraz and will reward careful cellaring for at least ten years.
It takes black cherry and plum flavours and injects them with peppered meats. It's a most attractive combination. Lines of herbs are blown through ribbons of tannin; the effect equally impressive. This release is on song. Drink to 2026.
94 points, Wine Companion, March 2016
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.