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Yarra Yering Dry Red #2 (1.5L Magnum) 1998

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Winemaker Notes

A shiraz-based blend with inspiration drawn from a complex and eclectic assemblage of styles from varying appellations in the principal grape's spiritual home in France's Rhône Valley. A perfumed, rich and generous shiraz co-fermented with tiny volumes of viognier and marsanne for vibrancy, suppleness and an extra dimension to its range of expression. Some vintages see the inclusion of mourvèdre to add a further element of intrigue to the mix. Feminine, seductive, beguiling, elegant, hints of cherry & spice.

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JH 94
Australian Wine Companion
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is strongly savoury/spicy, with touches of roasted hazelnuts surrounding the lovely sweet cherry and plum fruit which comes through strongly in the mouth. Sweet, soft and ripe tannins round off the finish; once again, the oak has been absorbed by the fruit.
RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I was blown away by the 1998 Dry Red No. 2. A Rhone blend dominated by Shiraz, with Viognier and Roussanne included, this individualistic, extraordinary effort boasts a dense plum/purple color, as well as a gorgeously complex nose of rose petals, blackberries, cassis, new saddle leather, and truffles. Full-bodied, with a sweet attack, and wonderful harmony among its elements, this exceptionally pure wine can be drunk now, or cellared for 15+ years. It somehow totally conceals its lofty degree of alcohol (14.9%). Sadly, only fifty cases made it to the United States.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Bright and juicy, with a strong gamy note coursing through the flavors, barging through the juicy raspberry and floral flavors. Has a silky texture underneath a layer of prickly tannins. Shiraz, Viognier and Marsanne.--Australian reds blind retrospective.
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Yarra Yering

Yarra Yering

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Yarra Yering, Yarra Valley, Australia
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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.

Yarra Valley

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As the most important area of wine production in Victoria today, the Yarra Valley is most popular for its Pinot noir and Chardonnay, which account for over half of vineyard acreage. A gentle, rolling and rural region alongside the Margaret River, the Yarra Valley has a cool maritime with a lengthy growing season, perfect for these cool-climate varieties.

The warmer, Lower Yarra Valley in the north has sandy loam soils and produces a plush and fruity Pinot noir. The cooler, higher-elevation Upper Yarra Valley in the south has the soils composed of younger, red basalt and produces more angular and mineral-driven Pinot noir.

Yarra Valley Chardonnay is among the best in Australia. The modern style is stony and flinty rather than fat and tropical. Malolactic fermentation is rare, but while barrel fermentation is common, barrel maturation is restrained to preserve the floral aromatics and fresh citrus flavors for which this area’s Chardonnay is so appreciated. The best Yarra Valley Chardonnays display brilliant acidity, leesy characteristics, sweet citrus, stone fruit and flavors of ginger and spice.

Shiraz and Cabernet find success in parts of this region as well.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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