'It’s partly clonal-driven at this stage, and one of the warmer parts of the vineyard’, offers winemaker Tom Carson, ‘very low-cropping and hen-and-chicken too. What I like about the Mendoza clone is a textural thing, you can get more influence from the phenolics, and you get extra layers of concentration, that pithy grapefruit thing we’re sort of looking for’. Throughout the season the fruit is protected from the sun... to retain some greenness in the fruit, a management plan that looks to retain ‘the right phenolics’. Seems there’s a lot of fine-tuning that’s done year-to-year under the gaze of Carson, more hand-sorting, more care in vineyard, increase in attention to detail in winemaking practice. Interesting all up; and the results are showing. Beautiful bouquet here – like the scent of a fine perfume store, sandalwood, exotic flowers, perfect orchard fruit. Really appealing. Elegant and classy. Refined palate too feeling tight, coiled, raring to go with restraint in trim of light chalky texture, piercing but meshed acidity and mouthwatering-tangy finish. Incredible dart-shaped length of flavour too and a fine, seamless mesh of its fruity components. There’s a ripeness to fruit but the drive is all here. Superb. 96 points, Wine Front.
Mendoza clone grapes are hand-picked, pressed directly into French puncheons for a wild ferment and maturation (without mlf) for 10 months. It is an exquisitely balanced wine, grapefruit and almond kernel to the fore, the finish of great length. 97 points, Wine Companion.
The Kirby family set up Yabby Lake in 1992, however, it wasn’t until 1998, that they located and planted their first vineyard site in the sub-region of Moorooduc, Mornington Peninsula. Under the winemaking helm of Tom Carson, Yabby Lake has built an enviable reputation for crafting impeccably balanced premium wines highly expressive of variety and site. Alongside the Yabby Lake estate label, several other ranges are produced including Heathcote Estate, and Yabby Lake’s early drinking second label Red Claw.
Red Claw is the highly-regarded ‘second-label’ of Yabby Lake. Its primary focus is the Mornington Peninsula, where Yabby Lake has 50 hectares of estate vineyards at Moorooduc. Red Claw makes ‘fresh, expressive wines from our own vineyards’ and strives for a quality image, but without complications. ‘For all our style’, they say, ‘there’s a whole lot of substance to back it up’. Red Claw’s Peninsula-sourced range comprises Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Red Claw Shiraz comes from Heathcote, where Heathcote Estate is part of the group.