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.
The expressive, flowery red fruit aromas set the scene for a palate with fine, silky tannins and a lingering finish. A wonderfully structured and elegant drop. Perfectly paired with some charcuterie meats.
Bright cherry-red hue. Bramble, black cherries and prosciutto on the nose. Medium-weight yet very intense, dark cherries, some mushroom notes alongside a smoked-meat character. Fine acids give a sense of freshness whilst a fine powder of tannins sets the line and carries the wine long and lingering into the finish. Plenty of cellaring potential here as well. Date Tasted: Feb 2021; Price: $64.00; Drink: 2021-2036; Rating 95 Points; Stuart Knox; The Real Review
Outstanding pinot noir. Perfumed, silken, flowing and long. Both complex and structured too but the momentum remains high. Crushed roses, toast, roasted black cherries and fresh strawberries. Woodsy herb notes. It’s the finish though and its extra energetic unfurl that really gets the heart racing. The is super. Tasted: Jul 2021; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $64; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2022-2030+; Rated: 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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