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.
Well, where to start with this beauty that took my breath away? Awash with dark cherries, blood orange and zest, Middle Eastern spices and sous bois aromas plus savoury oak. The palate is the clincher: smooth and polished with velvety tannins and fine acidity enticing it all to a long finish. Wow. Drink to: 2035; Price: $75.00; Date Tasted: March 2023; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; Jane Faulkner; James Halliday Wine Companion
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