Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz 2018 - Yarra Valley
Bottle size: 750ml
Four Trophies at the 2019 National Wine Show!
Len Evans Memorial Trophy for Champion Wine of Show + Best Red Wine Trophy + Shiraz Trophy + Single Vineyard Red Trophy
Hand harvested, with bunches sorted and then de-stemmed with no crushing to retain whole berries. Some stalks are added back to increase tannin, structure and interest. A component of whole bunch fermentation gives some volume and plush-ness to the fruit palate. Air bag pressed to release the last fermenting juice from the many whole berries remaining. The wine is then aged for 12 months in French oak puncheons (500L), only 25% new oak.
Perfumed cool climate Shiraz; deliciously medium bodied with a lick of aniseed spice. Bright boysenberry fruits bring energy to the palate and some black plums a more traditional fruit concentration. As always from this block we see some cured meat and a smoke-char interest driving the back palate. A solid core of fruit, the oak is a faint seasoning that plays second fiddle to the fruit.
Absolutely stunning shiraz no doubt freshened up this year by Sarah Crowes astute winemaking. It’s lifted and so pretty on the nose showing dried rose petal, violets, potpourri spice and high toned cherry and plum fruit. The palate is drop dead gorgeous in a medium bodied frame with pristine detailed lovely fruit, subtle oak, wonderful texture and mouthfeel, and fine tannins adding shape and direction. Maybe some early picking in this warm season, the final wine is both ravishing and well put together. I can see why the impressive who’s who list of judges at the National Wine Show championed this beautiful Yarra wine. Don’t miss out! This is gorgeous… CR
'A wine with long fingers and arms. It was grown on a single block of Shiraz, planted in '73. It eats elegance for breakfast, berried fruit for lunch, herb and wood spice notes for afters. Plum, char, smoked herbs, fresh red cherries, a slip of creamy/smoky oak. The balance of this wine is an experience in itself. Best of all: it pushes out gloriously through the finish.' - 96 Points Campbell Mattinson
"Shiraz from plantings in 1973... this is a very good release. Supple, long, savoury and bright, game meat and just ripe red berries in a cavalcade of flavour and delicious texture, rolls long, wonderful, with authority and a general sense of quality. Lithe and tissue-pappery tannins a treat, the feel just righteous. It’s a wine that hits the glass with a slosh of ‘yes!’, with the first whiff on the first nostril off an arm’s length. The first sip a ‘yep!’, and you’re on your way. It feels fancy and good, complex and interesting, easy on the palate and showing us all what shiraz can do when great." - 95 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
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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