Yabby Lake Vineyard was established by the Kirby family in 1998, in Tuerong, which is located in the northern part of the peninsula. Over the past decade, the vineyard has built a reputation for single vineyard chardonnay and pinot noir of great purity and character. Led by winemaker Tom Carson, the philosophy is to craft wines that speak of site and the season in which they were grown. It’s the attention and care in the vineyard that is most critical to allowing this expression.
Gorgeous decadence and richness with plum and crushed-flower aromas and flavors. Full body, very round and integrated tannins and a savory edge to the transparent fruit. Drink or hold. Rating: 94 Points; James Suckling
Deepish red/purple colour with a subtle smoky, faintly compost-scented aroma, with 'forest floor' touches and discreet cherry. The wine is medium to full-bodied and rich, while the tannins are abundant and finish with a slight residual bitterness. Good concentration and persistence. A very smart wine, bold and fresh and solidly composed. It will have a long cellar future. (25% whole-bunch; aged in French oak puncheons, 20% new). Date Tasted: May 2019; Price: $64.00; Drink: 2019-2031; Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
Multiple clones hand-picked and sorted, 25% whole bunches, gentle destemming, 13-15 days on skins, matured in French puncheons (25% new) for 11 months. Always perfectly balanced, has developed into an entrancing, delicately framed and poised wine with a silky mouthfeel and lingering aftertaste. Gold medal and runner up for the James Halliday Trophy for Best Pinot Noir Melbourne Wine Awards, gold medal Australian Pinot Noir Challenge. Drink to: 2029; Price: $64.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2020; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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