The first plantings at Yarra Yering into block No.1 were these Cabernet vines.
A classic blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot, 8% malbec and 4% petit verdot. Hand-picked and sorted, crushed and destemmed, open-fermented, on skins for up to a month, matured for 12 months in French oak (35% new). This is the serious side of '17. The aromas and flavours are still fresh and vibrant, but the palate, in particular, brooks no argument: this is a wine for protracted cellaring to allow the whipcord-tight structure to relax its grip. Drink to: 2047; Price: $120.00; Alcohol: 13.8%; Rating: 98 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
This is complex and very rich with sliced berries, spices and flowers throughout. Full-bodied. Very soft and fine tannins on the palate. Long and flavorful finish. Extremely balanced and refined. A blend of 70 %cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot, 8 % malbec and 4% petit verdot. Rating: 97 Points; James Suckling
Deep, dark red/purple colour and some smoky oak makes its presence felt on the fruit-driven bouquet. The wine is deliciously accessible in the mouth with elegant fruit and soft, fine-grained tannins. Violet, cassis, mulberry, blackberry aromas come up increasingly with aeration. The wine is not big, but medium to full-bodied and suavely proportioned, seemingly with moderate alcohol strength, the finish gliding on effortlessly. Drink: 2019 to 2039; Price: $120.00; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 96 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
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