2018 Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1 (375ml)
Drink over the next 10-15 years.
From 1969 plantings of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec and petit verdot. An Australian benchmark wine that I wish I drank more often.
Beautiful. Memorable. Wonderful. The texture grabs you. The faintest grip, the sheath of feathery tannins at play. Scents of cassis, bay leaf, faint eucalyptus and mint, sandalwood and sweet earth. Pure flavours, come hither fruitiness, but compact, inward, extraordinarily long in character too. A cool expression, tense and taut, luxurious too, has flow, but all compact and restrained. It tastes delicious, generally, though it’s the feel, the stretch, the sense of pedigree and detail that gets you. Stellar release. And I reckon more better to come. Drink by 2040.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front (July 2020)
55% cabernet sauvignon, 28% merlot, 12% malbec, 5% petit verdot. Essence of blackcurrant with a boysenberried freshness, almost into forest berry territory, with polished cedar wood oak and drifts of fragrant herbs. Pure, complete, svelte; all these words apply. Has a long run ahead of it. Drink by 2040.
Campbell Mattinson - James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion (February 2020)