Yarra Yering Dry Red No 2. 2016

Yarra Yering Dry Red No 2. 2016

Yarra Yering Dry Red No 2. 2016

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Winemaking and Drinking

 Historical Context and Vineyard

Yarra Yering, one of Australia’s most distinguished wineries, has its roots deep in the fertile soil of the Yarra Valley, Victoria. Established in 1969 by Dr. Bailey Carrodus, a visionary horticulturist and winemaker, Yarra Yering has consistently produced wines that are celebrated for their elegance, complexity, and longevity. The 2016 vintage of Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2 is no exception, embodying the winery's commitment to quality and tradition.

The Yarra Valley, renowned for its cool climate and diverse terroir, provides an ideal environment for cultivating a variety of grape types. The vineyard's location at the foot of the Warramate Hills ensures that the vines benefit from optimal sun exposure and well-drained soils, contributing to the rich and concentrated flavors found in Yarra Yering wines. The Dry Red No. 2, in particular, is a testament to the unique characteristics of the valley's terroir and the meticulous care taken in vineyard management and wine production.

Grape Composition and Winemaking

Dry Red No. 2 is a classic blend of Shiraz, with small portions of Viognier, Marsanne, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). The inclusion of these Rhône varieties adds depth and complexity to the wine. The Shiraz provides a robust structure and rich, dark fruit flavors, while the Viognier, Marsanne, and Mataro contribute aromatic nuances and subtle spice.

The 2016 vintage was marked by a growing season that began with a dry spring, leading to an early bud burst. Summer was warm, but not excessively hot, allowing the grapes to ripen evenly and develop intense flavors. Harvesting was done by hand to ensure only the highest quality fruit was selected. The winemaking process involved traditional methods, including open fermentation and gentle pressing, followed by maturation in a combination of French oak barrels, both new and old, to enhance complexity without overpowering the fruit.

Tasting Notes

On the nose, Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2 2016 is remarkably fragrant, showcasing a bouquet of dark berries, plum, and black cherry interwoven with floral notes of violet and a hint of white pepper. Subtle undertones of spice, licorice, and a touch of earthy minerality add to the aromatic profile, promising a sensory delight.

The palate is full-bodied and well-structured, with a harmonious balance between fruit intensity and tannic backbone. The dark fruit flavors persist, complemented by layers of spice, dark chocolate, and a whisper of smoky oak. The finish is long and satisfying, leaving an impression of elegance and refinement.

Awards and Recognition

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2 2016 has garnered significant acclaim both domestically and internationally. It was awarded the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, a testament to its exceptional quality and craftsmanship. Additionally, it received high scores from esteemed wine critics and publications. James Halliday's Wine Companion awarded it 98 points, praising its depth, balance, and aging potential. The wine also received accolades from Decanter Magazine and Wine Spectator, solidifying its reputation as a standout vintage.

Conclusion

The Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2 2016 is a remarkable wine that reflects the dedication and expertise of Yarra Yering's winemaking team. Its origins in the historic and picturesque Yarra Valley, combined with the careful selection of grape varieties and traditional winemaking techniques, result in a wine of exceptional character and distinction.


Wine TypeRed wine
ProducerYarra Yering
StateVictoria
RegionYarra Valley
VarietyShiraz Viognier
Year2016
Volume750 mL
Alcohol14