Yarra Yering Pinot Noir 2014
Yarra Yering is one of the oldest and most beautiful vineyards in the Yarra Valley consisting of 28 hectares of vines located at the foot of the Warramate Hills. Established in 1969 by Dr Bailey Carrodus the 1973 vintage saw the production of the first vintage of Dry Red Wines – No’s 1 & 2. This saw Yarra Yering quickly gain an international reputation for quality and individuality.
Produced from what are amongst the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the Yarra Valley, this wine, along with the Chardonnay, has developed an underground following over its existence that is slowly burgeoning to be recognised as standing in equipollence alongside the, historically, more fancied wines from the estate.
Eschewing current oenological trend and fashion, the fruit is largely handled in its usual manner, favouring partial crushing and a short cuvaison as integral tools in the preservation & expression of vineyard elements in concert with its startling varietal character without cluttering the argument with too much extraneous activity or skin time. Aristocratic, fragrant, intensely perfumed, voluptuous, sweet strawberry/plum richness, anise, beetroot, silky in texture, richness, round, soft and mouthfilling to the end. Also, has the rare ability to gain from bottle age rather than diminish.
Four clones planted '69, '81 and '84. Relatively light colour; the bouquet is supercharged with floral perfume that fills the senses and paves the way for the gloriously fine and beautifully detailed palate. Here red fruits of every description dance a pas de deux with gossamer, yet persistent, tannins. The length is prodigious, the line of almost painful precision, the balance perfection. French oak. Well, I know it's there, but trying to verbalise it is a waste of time. Rating: 97 Points; Drink by: 2029; Price: $92.00; Date Tasted: April 2016; Alcohol: 13%; James Halliday Wine Companion
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