Yeringberg re-established one of Yarra’s great vineyards of the 1800s, this is still one of the oldest vineyards in the region. The de Pury family craft small batches of wines that have a quality particular to their hill. Powerfully ripe but with a finesse and elegance that allow them to age for a long, long time. Cabernet, Chardonnay and Pinot are the stars but the Marsanne Roussanne is the dark horse of the line-up.
This is a good example of Viognier. Elegant and aromatic. Beautiful richness on the mid-palate but also having restraint. Floral, apricots, spice. Not super complex but pleasurable to drink. Drink it over the next year or so. It is still is great shape but we all know that Viognier ages in dog years. So it is well into middle age.
A region that is just too big to generalise about. The difference between Upper and Lower Yarra can be the ability to ripen some grapes or not. Great wines are made in the Yarra but it is best to know the producers.
The flamboyantly aromatic white grape that calls Condrieu in the Rhone Valley home. It’s apricot kernel, viscous nature and floral lift make for an intense white. However it also adds perfume, fixes colour and generally beautifies lean and boney Shiraz in the Rhone and around the world.