Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1 2017

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1 2017

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1 2017

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Winemaking and Drinking

A Vinous Masterpiece

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1 2017 is a testament to the rich viticultural heritage of the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia. This exceptional wine stands as a benchmark for the region, blending tradition with modern winemaking techniques to produce a red that is both complex and harmonious. The origins of this wine are deeply rooted in the history of Yarra Yering, one of Australia's most esteemed wineries, founded by Dr. Bailey Carrodus in 1969.

The Origins

Dr. Bailey Carrodus, a visionary botanist and winemaker, established Yarra Yering with a commitment to creating wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Yarra Valley. The Yarra Valley, with its cool climate and diverse soil types, provides an ideal environment for growing a variety of grape species. Yarra Yering's vineyards are planted on the western slopes of the Warramate Ranges, benefiting from well-drained, rocky soils and a temperate climate that promotes slow, even ripening of the grapes.

The 2017 vintage, in particular, was marked by a relatively cool growing season with timely rainfalls, which contributed to the development of intense fruit flavors and balanced acidity. The careful vineyard management practices at Yarra Yering, including hand-picking and meticulous sorting of grapes, ensure that only the highest quality fruit is used in the production of their wines.

Tasting Notes

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1 2017 is a Bordeaux style blend, typically comprising Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. On the nose, it offers a captivating bouquet of blackcurrant, plum, and dark cherry, interwoven with hints of violet, cedar, and tobacco. Subtle notes of graphite and spice add to its aromatic complexity.

On the palate, the wine is full-bodied yet elegant, with finely structured tannins and a core of ripe, juicy fruit. Flavors of cassis, blackberry, and black cherry dominate, supported by nuances of mocha, licorice, and dried herbs. The wine's vibrant acidity and well-integrated oak contribute to a long, balanced finish, making it both approachable in its youth and suitable for extended cellaring.

Awards and Recognition

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1 2017 has garnered acclaim both domestically and internationally, solidifying its reputation as a wine of exceptional quality. Some of its notable accolades include:

  • Gold Medal at the 2019 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, a prestigious competition that recognizes excellence in Australian winemaking.
  • Trophy for Best Cabernet Blend at the 2019 Yarra Valley Wine Show, highlighting the wine's superior blend of Bordeaux varietals.
  • 94 points from James Halliday's Wine Companion, a leading authority on Australian wines, praising its balance and complexity.
  • 95 points from Wine Spectator, reflecting its high standing among international critics.
  • Platinum Award at the Decanter World Wine Awards, where it was celebrated for its depth, structure, and age-worthiness.

Vineyard Practices

The grapes for Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1 2017 are sourced from the estate's meticulously tended vineyards. These vines are some of the oldest in the region, with deep roots that access a wide range of minerals and nutrients, contributing to the wine's unique flavor profile. The vineyard team at Yarra Yering practices sustainable viticulture, with a focus on minimal intervention and maintaining the health of the vines and soil.

Harvesting is done by hand, ensuring that only the best clusters are selected. The winemaking process is equally meticulous, with fermentation carried out in small, open fermenters, and the wine aged in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels. This careful attention to detail at every stage of production results in a wine that truly reflects the character and quality of the Yarra Valley.

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1 2017 is a wine that embodies the passion, expertise, and dedication of its creators. From its origins in the picturesque Yarra Valley to its international acclaim, this wine stands as a beacon of excellence in the world of fine wine. Its complex aromas, balanced palate, and impressive list of awards make it a standout choice for connoisseurs and collectors alike.

Wine TypeRed wine
ProducerYarra Yering
RegionYarra Valley
VarietyCabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec
Volume750 mL
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