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Yarra Yering Dry Red No 2 - Yarra Valley

Yarra Yering Dry Red No 2 2017 - Yarra Valley

Vintage: 2017 | Type: Reds | Producer: Yarra Yering
Region: Victoria
Blend: 95% Shiraz, 3% Mataro, 1% Viognier, 1% Marsanne
Alc: 13.5%
Closure: Cork
Bottle size: 750ml

99 POINTS
James Halliday Wine Companion

$99.00: as part of any six
$120.00: single bottle
$594.00: per case of 6

"The Shiraz and Marsanne for this blend was established in 1969, plus additional Shiraz, Mataro and Viognier drawn from vines planted from 1984 to 1995. Fruit is handpicked, bunch sorted and destemmed directly to the Yarra Yering half-tonne open-fermenters. As much whole berry as possible is retained to encourage perfume. Some stalks are added back to some of the fermenters in order to contribute structure and aroma. Selected fermenters have added frozen Viognier skins to the bottom, some have Marsanne skins. The wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barriques, 30% new, before blending and bottling.
 
A wine style that has always been blended for perfume, texture and spice. Fragrance enhanced by the Viognier balanced with a mixed berry fruit profile. Marsanne lends texture and volume to the palate, Mataro the floral notes and spice. Primary fruit leads on to savoury graphite and white pepper underpinned by background stalkiness and concentrated meatiness. This fragrant style is approachable as a young wine but with some bottle maturation will evolve into a beautifully complex wine. This blend has a track record thus it will continue to evolve for a further 20+ years under suitable cellaring conditions should you want to cellar it for an extended period.” - Yarra Yering

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Our notes

A Yarra Valley classic from an outstanding vinatage.  

Reviews


99 POINTS
James Halliday Wine Companion
Follows Bailey Carrodus's method of co-fermenting small amounts of viognier, marsanne adding floral notes, and mataro adding spice. It's another exquisite wine from '17, capturing all the senses immediately you assess the bouquet and palate. It's only just into medium-bodied territory, but it's mouthwatering in its intensity, red fruits flying high like a gaudy scarlet kite.

James Halliday


Producers notes

In September 2008, founder Bailey Carrodus died, and in April 2009 Yarra Yering was on the market. It was Bailey Carrodus's clear wish and expectation that any purchaser would continue to manage the vineyard and winery, and hence the wine style, in much the same way as he had done for the previous 40 years.

Its acquisition in June 2009 by a small group of investment bankers has fulfilled that wish. The low-yielding, unirrigated vineyards have always produced wines of extraordinary depth and intensity. Dry Red No. 1 is a cabernet blend; Dry Red No. 2 is a shiraz blend; Dry Red No. 3 is a blend of touriga nacional, tinta cao, tinta roriz, tinta amarela, alvarelhao and souzao; Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are not hidden behind delphic numbers; Underhill Shiraz (planted in 1973) is from an adjacent vineyard purchased by Yarra Yering over a decade ago.

Sarah Crowe, who had carved a remarkable reputation as a winemaker in the Hunter Valley in a relatively short time, was appointed winemaker in the wake of Paul Bridgeman's departure to Levantine Hill after the 2013 vintage. She has made red wines of the highest imaginable quality from her first vintage, and to the delight of many, myself included, has offered all the wines with screwcaps. For good measure, she introduced the 2014 Light Dry Red Pinot Shiraz as a foretaste of that vintage, and an affirmation of the exceptional talent recognised by her Winemaker of the Year in the 2017 Wine Companion.

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