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.
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.