Yarra Yering is one of the finest estates of Australia. Founded in 1969, it still leads the field in Victoria and this is its northern Rhône-style red. With 95 points, you know it's going to be something extraordinary, with great ageing potential.
Yarra Yering is a legend of Victoria's Yarra Valley. It was founded by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969, in a region that had been making wines since the 1850s. A New Zealander, he first studied horticulture in Wellington, then winemaking at Roseworthy, finishing his studies with a doctorate at Oxford University. There he was exposed to Europe's fine wines, from which grew a passion. In scholarly fashion, he did a study tour of Europe's top estates, then departed to Melbourne to teach. His aim was to find the perfect site for a vineyard, which he did in Yarra Valley, planting vines from 1969. The northern Rhône-style No.2 Dry Red was his second release. From the original vineyard and aged a year in 30% new oak, it will mature with great grace.
"Full body, succulent tannins, layers of blue and black fruit and a juicy, very spicy finish"
James Suckling Critic, 95 points
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