Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1 2015
Classic claret-style. This is the blend on which Yarra Yering’s reputation was built. Always medium-bodied and low in alcohol suggesting delicacy, but nonetheless is a sleeping powerhouse of precision, intensity & concentration that demands a requisite amount of time in bottle to unfurl & allow the drinker in. Principally cabernet sauvignon with merlot, malbec and a little petit verdot added, it swallows every ounce of its 100% new oak and sniggers “Is that all you’ve got?”
Aroma: Stylish, lifted nose settling into itself after a few years in bottle. Shows signature blackberry, aniseed, sarsaparilla, marzipan & cassis with hints of bergamot & varietal herbal tones.
Palate: A medium-bodied claret style featuring a fleshy, fruit-layered palate integrated with earthy complexity. Juicy acidity, characteristic of this vineyard, underlays soft expansive fruit and fine dusty tannins. In true Yarra Yering tradition, it combines power with poise, concentration with finesse.
All fruit at Yarra Yering is hand-picked and delivered direct to the winery. The fruit was destemmed & partially crushed directly to the traditional Yarra Yering “tea chest” 0.5-tonne open-fermenters. Stalks were added back to about 40% of the fermenters to contribute subtle influence on structure and aroma. Fermentation initiated naturally and was supplemented with a select cultured yeast strain part-way through to ensure completion. One-third of the selected ferments were pressed after 5 days to complete fermentation in French oak barrels. The balance were allowed to macerate for varying amounts of time post-fermentation (maximum 3 weeks) to draw additional tannin and structure from extended skin contact. The resultant blend was aged for 20 months in 100% new French oak barriques. Medium-toast is favoured for these fire-bent barrels, with toasted heads featuring stylistically. Bottled via gravity without filtration.
Varietals: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Malbec & 5% Petit Verdot
Region: Yarra Valley (Gruyere)
Season: growing season was close to ideal with sufficient winter and spring rainfall followed by a warm and dry growing season producing fully ripe, robust wines.
Vines: Fruit was sourced from the original 1969 plantings on the estate, all established on own roots & unirrigated.
Cellaring: Drinking beautifully at present but this vineyard has a proven pedigree & track record thus it will continue to evolve for a further 25+ years under suitable cellaring conditions.
Analysis: 13.5 % ALC
Accolades: 97 Points – James Halliday, Wine Companion. Langton’s Classified “Excellent