2019 Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2
A blend of Shiraz, Mataro, Viognier & Marsanne. Totally opaque black dark red colour with a vibrant purple red hue. Fragrant plum and liquorice scents tinged with hints of apricot are followed by vanillin cedar, scorched earth and peppered dried meat notes. Medium bodied yet fresh and light on its feet, layered across the palate are delicious red plum, dark raspberry, red liquorice and blueberry fruits. Super fine tannin structure with faint notions of honeysuckle, apricot and spicy vanillin cedar lying underneath. Concludes long and refined with an aftertaste laden in red and blue fruits.
Drink over the next 10-12 years.
Shiraz, mataro, viognier. Hand picked, sorted and then destemmed directly to the Yarra Yering half-tone open-fermenters. As much whole-berry ferment as possible to encourage perfume. A portion of fermenters had frozen viognier skins added to the bottom. Aged 15 months in French oak barriques 30% new before blending. It's easy to be bowled over by this wine's beauty, from its bright colour to its heady fragrance of violets, Middle Eastern spices, fresh currants and blue fruits. Then magic happens. It is superfine, graced with perfectly formed silky tannins. The oak is seamlessly integrated, then flavours builds across the barely medium-bodied palate. While there's a lightness of touch, it's layered and complex. A complete wine full of style, elegance and substance. Drink by 2034.
Jane Faulkner - James Halliday's Wine Companion (January 2021)