Friday, January 18, 2013

Australia Trip 2012 Part VII - Yarra Yering, Yarra Valley




Although it was more than a month ago when we visited Yarra Yering cellar door, I'm still very excited penning this post as I had enjoyed the wine tasting at Yarra Yering very much - the best wine tasting experience in Yarra Valley during this trip.

Yarra Yering was established in 1969 at the foot of the Warramate Hills in Victoria's Yarra Valley by Dr Bailey Carrodus .

The wines from Yarra Yering gained an international reputation for quality and individuality. The wine is now made by Paul Bridgeman who continues the tradition of making a range of great wines established by Dr Carrodus who passed away in 2008.

The cellar door was not the biggest or the most modern that we had visited but it gave us a very warm and cozy feeling. Traditional Persian rugs covered the parquet flooring of the walkway leading to the tasting room. A pair of star pendant light added an exotic appeal and geometry to the lighting scheme.

We were greeted by Janine Hallas, the Cellar Door Manager, at the tasting room and she brought us through a wonderful tasting journey from their Chardonnay and dry white wine No.1, through the 2001 Underhill Shiraz and their famous dry red wine, No.2, 1 & 3 (in that order) to their Barbiolo and Potsorts. 

I liked almost all their wine. Elegant, supple and strongly varietal, the wines are attractive while young but will reward cellaring under the proper conditions, reaching their peak of complexity and sophistication after 15-20 years in the bottle.

We brought home their 2011 dry red wine No.3, 2011 Barbiolo and 2004 Potsorts mainly because they are not available here in Singapore.

The No. 3 is a blend of the classic Portuguese grapes varieties Touriga Naςional and (in diminishing proportions) Tinta Cão, Tinta Amarela, Alvarelhao, Roriz and Sousão. The dry wine is deeply coloured and richly complex, a blend ahead of its time.

The Barbiolo is a blend of the two native Piedmontese grape varieties Barbera (65%) and Nebbiolo (35%). Barbera delivers punchy fruit character with signature fresh acidity at full grape maturity while Nebbiolo lends a savoury edge and trademark  gripping tannins.

The Potsorts is a vintage fortified wine that utilises the same 6 varietals used in the No. 3. It is concentrated, powerful and complex. The 2004 Potsorts was a very high standard vintage and we shared this with the group the night before CJ and Jazz flew off to Canada.

For those in Singapore and Malaysia, if you are interested in Yarra Yering wines, check out Straits Wine Company although you will not get the three bottles that I brought back home. 















25 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I had so many posts from your trip to catch up on. What an amazing vacation! (And of course all your non trip posts looked super lovely as well.)I would love to go wine tasting in Australia. Awesome!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Erika! Ya, you should but I guess it must be quite far away for you. Maybe California will be a nearer option?

      Delete
  2. I guess after going thru your trip to Oz posts, I think I should start taking some basic learning about wine too. I love your last pic... again.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Mel! Yes, basic wine knowledge will certainly elevate your drinking experience.

      Delete
  3. Nice, eh? Thanks for the tip. I don't drink but when I want to buy for friends, I would be at a loss. Will keep a look out for this then.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love the greenery. I guess if I visited, I would be very happy surrounded by the vines and inspecting them. I really have a lot to learn about wines. CNY is coming and it's time for wine shopping again :) Now, where did I put my Wine for Dummies?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi PH, you have to start drinking to learn more and know what you like....

      Delete
  5. I would love to come learn about wine from you sometime, I am totally clueless!

    ReplyDelete
  6. like some of them too, i'm not knowledgable in wine. But somehow reading this post of yours, the name yarra yering sort of gets into my head..i'm going to remember it !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Lena! Do not mix up Yarra Yering and Yering Station... Both are in Yarra Valley.

      Delete
  7. Just curious, did you guys do anything else besides touring wineries? Heehee. Tis trip sounded like a very focused, wine tasting mission. Did you bring your kids along?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Huh Esther! There were 6 kids, from ages of 4 to 9, in the group.

      Delete
  8. I just can imagine your glee everytime you're inside the winery ! lol

    ReplyDelete
  9. I have watched a program on TV about sommeliers in France. They are very passionate and proud of their winery. There is so much to learn and understand! I can almost picture your excitement to be there right in the middle of it all, in Australia!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Joyce! We just had a wine dinner hosted by the winemaker himself last night... Listening to his stories, I could really feel his passion and love for his wine...

      It really makes me think hard... Everyone of us should be passionate of what we like and pursue our dreams...

      Delete
  10. I love visiting wineries. My husband do all the drinking (I can sip a few, but then I get drunk way too easily!), and I enjoy scenery and great food. We love going to Napa which is about 2 hrs away. I'd love to go wine tasting in Australia one day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Nami! You are so lucky to be just 2hrs away from Napa. We visited Napa and Sonoma Valleys in 2009 and enjoyed ourselves very much. California produces one of the best new world wine besides Australia and Chile.

      Delete
  11. I am lacking of knowledge about wines..Thanks for sharing your trip.

    ReplyDelete
  12. wow... such nice photos and I love the Yarra Yering labels too! Looks like you have an indulgent trip!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes Eiling! We love winery-hopping trips. Trust me, the feeling of having the same wine will never be the same after a visit to its birth place. You will feel more connected and appreciate more.

      Delete
  13. Thanks for sharing such a nice info with us. Fantastic writing skills. I appreciate this blog.. I want to thank you for this. great work on this topic yarra vallely australia trip.


    winery tours yarra valley

    ReplyDelete

There was an error in this gadget
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...