Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from Yarra Valley, Australia
Underhill Shiraz ruby red with violets and spice on the nose, lush dark fruit on the palate finishing with graphite and iron supported by juicy acidity.
Australian Wine Companion - "Very high quality cool-grown shiraz from 30+-year-old vines; spice, damson plum and blackberry fruit are seamlessly framed by French oak and exemplary tannins; surges on the long finish."
The Wine Advocate - "The purple-colored 2006 Underhill Shiraz is unlike anything out of Barossa and McLaren Vale. It reveals a complex aromatic array of cedar, violets, earth notes, black cherry, and black raspberry. Sweet and silky on the palate, it comes off as a Shiraz in Pinot Noir clothing; that is the type of finesse that this wine possesses. This unique effort should evolve for several years and offer prime drinking from 2011 through 2020."
International Wine Cellar - "Saturated red. Energetic, sharply focused aromas of fresh raspberry, flowers and minerals; this smells like an exotic pinot noir. Midweight red berry flavors are sweet and strikingly pure, with fine-grained tannins adding gentle grip. Refreshingly bitter rhubarb and cherry skin flavors linger on the long, sappy finish, helping to buffer the wine's luscious, sweet berry flavors."
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Yarra Yering Winery
Yarra Yering was planted at the foot of the Warramate Hills in 1969 by Dr Bailey Carrodus. In 1973 he released the first commercial vintage of wine from the Yarra Valley since 1923.
The wines are a reflection of this highly individual man, the site he chose so carefully, and the vagaries of the seasons in which they are produced. From the beginning the aim was to produce wines of elegance and sophistication. The vineyard is not irrigated, and this promotes strong root growth deep into the subsoils protecting the vines against the trials of drought, and allowing the fruit to express the characteristics of the terroir in which it is grown.
The vines are hand pruned and cared for by vineyard staff with decades of experience at Yarra Yering. The fruit is hand picked, it is crushed gently by the old crusher destemmer and fermented in small batches, before being hand pressed in the basket press. Maturation is in carefully selected French oak casks and the wine is bottled on site. These are artisan produced wines of the highest quality. Yarra Yering maintains a proud heritage established by an extraordinary man. View all Yarra Yering Wines
About Yarra ValleyView a map of Yarra Valley wineries
A short drive from Melbourne, Yarra Valley is the oldest and most successful of Victoria's wine growing regions. The cool climate of the area makes it suitable for the popular varieties of Pinot Noir & Chardonnay. Shiraz is also grown here and produces elegant and restrained wines, showing a different side to Australian wine.
Notable FactsProducers of the Yarra Valley have hit their stride when it comes to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Instead of striving to make wine like Burgundy or California, winemakers are crafting a Yarra Valley style, letting the grapes and the soil do the talking. Getting better each year, Yarra Valley is a region to watch.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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