2013 Yarra Yering – 2013 Yeringberg – 2010 Mount Mary

Classics in any field live on because they stay true to their vision, their heritage and they evolve – they are also inherently driven by quality.  In Yarra Valley wine, this is never truer than when discussing the timeless bottlings of legendary trio Mount Mary, Yeringberg and Yarra Yering. All three possess significant vine age, are able to draw on a bank of knowledge and heritage and are seeing a transition to a new(ish) generation at the helm, to help refine and craft the best from what the Yarra offers up each vintage. This Yarra gang of three farm, ferment and bottle with the ambition to capture what makes their vineyards unique and in doing so produce something of the highest quality and lasting worth that stands the test of time – classics, so to say.

YARRA YERING

The warmth and robust fruit of the 2013 vintage has provided a great jump-off point for Sarah Crowe as she follows in the footsteps of Paul Bridgeman and legendary Founder Dr Bailey Carrodus.  Sarah’s fierce qualitative drive has seen further refinement in the vineyard practices, subtle shifts in winery technique and there are even rumours a new grape press may have been purchased to gently take a load off Dr Carrodus’ faithful old basket press.

 

2015 Yarra Yering Light Dry Red
retail $86
From our vantage point, the recently debuted Light Dry Red best exemplifies a new line of thinking with a 50-50 split of whole-bunch fermented shiraz blended with whole-berry, destemmed pinot noir.  Aromatically charged, incredibly lifted and bright, its freshness and purity are clearly in evidence The generous nature of the 2015 vintage adds layers of fruit complexity, whilst also allowing ripe enough whole-bunch stems to play their part in shaping the flavour and structure of the palate.

Deliciously accessible in its vitality  – it will be an interesting wine to follow over 5-8 years in the cellar.

 

2013 Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2
retail $101
Drawing inspiration from France’s Northern Rhône, shiraz planted in 1969 is co-fermented with the aromatic white grapes marsanne and viognier in Dr Carrodus’s purpose built half-tonne “tea chest” fermenters.  Whilst we here on Spring Street are normally swept away by the cabernet-lead Dry Red No.1, in 2013 the No. 2 grabbed all of the attention with its intoxicating perfume, spice and incredibly refined tannin structure.  A good decant adds further mid-palate weight and savoury depth.

 

“Calmly elegant until the expansion and power of the finish.” 96 points James Halliday Wine Companion

 

2013 Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 1
retail $101
Low yielding Bordeaux varieties are clearly on parade here, showing great intensity and concentration.  Principally built from cabernet sauvignon with merlot, malbec and a little petit verdot, all sourced from the original 1969 plantings at the foot of the Warramate Hills.  Whilst its new oak signature is clearly stamped, there is most certainly more than enough depth of fruit sitting patiently within. Demanding time in bottle for all its elements to further come together, this will provide excellent drinking for many, many years.

“Pushes past previous vintages with sheer perfection of its flavour profile, mouthfeel and, above all else, its balance.” 97 points James Halliday Wine Companion

 

 

YERINGBERG

“Things tend to accumulate when a family has lived at the same property for over 150 years” Guill de Pury

After a sensational set of 2012’s, the 2013 new releases continue an outstanding run for Sandra and her father Guill de Pury. With an immense history as one of the Swiss pioneer families of Yarra Valley grape growing, they lay claim to owning vineyards in the region starting from 1863. Today, 4th generation winemaker Sandra de Pury is further refining the wines of finesse, elegance and longevity that are the calling-card of the estate.

 

2013 Yeringberg Marsanne Roussanne
retail $64
Honeysuckle, ripe peach and wafts of ripe citrus rind on the nose, while the palate is generous and softly textured.  A touch of grip and varietal bitterness from the marsanne component is intriguing and certainly lends the wine to a variety of dining table matches.  As usual, some time in the cellar will certainly reward, but in this case the riper 2013 vintage has delivered possibly the most youthfully expressive release of this wine in years.

“This is the best bottling of this wine I’ve had to date. It would pair up nicely alongside some serious northern Rhône whites” 92 points Josh Raynolds Vinous Media

 

2013 Yeringberg Chardonnay
retail $64
Most certainly not dragged into the wave of lean oppressive chardonnay, Yeringberg positively celebrates balance within this grape’s inherent varietal richness.  There is a slow and concentrated build of grapefruit, and nectarine, anchored by barrel ferment notes of oatmeal and spice.  For all its depth, it finishes with excellent focus and immense length.

Wonderful length. Stunning wine.” 96 points. James Halliday Wine Companion

 

2013 Yeringberg Cabernet
retail $95
~ A blend of traditional Bordeaux varieties cabernet sauvignon 65%, cabernet franc 12%, merlot 10%, malbec 7%, petit verdot 6%.

A classic mid-weight Yarra style, charged with aromatics of tobacco and bay leaf overlaying spiced red berry and blue-fruit highlights and a delicious, charry edge. Whilst supple and textured in its youth the Yeringberg cabernet has a pedigree for ageing that should see this reward 15-20 years without breaking stride.

Superb freshness and elegance, medium-bodied and delicious, complex and multi-layered. A great wine, with a magical array of flavours.” 98 points Huon Hooke Top 25 wines of 2015

 

MOUNT MARY

Established in 1971 by John and Marli Middleton, Mount Mary is a family owned, single vineyard estate located in the heart of the Yarra Valley. Now firmly under the custodianship of David and third-generation winemaker Sam Middleton, the wines are as assured and detailed as ever.

Direct from the cellars of Mount Mary we are very happy to offer the opportunity for a second allocation of their fantastic 2010 releases – a vintage held in the highest regard within the Yarra Valley.

2010 Mount Mary Chardonnay
retail $120
As is always the case Mount Mary aims to produce a chardonnay of not just great length but also a wine that reaches a balance between richness and elegance. The stellar 2010 growing season has given the stone fruit immense depth; time in bottle has resulted in the emergence of tertiary characters such as honeysuckle, beeswax and toast. A shapely wine with great mouth feel and length.

 

2010 Mount Mary Pinot Noir
retail $163
Dark cherry, cedar, game and spice are four descriptors constantly found in the best Mount Mary pinot noirs. At six years of age, texturally this wine has grown further into its silky structure and a window of drinking has opened, providing elements of both primary berried fruit and savoury game and forest.

“Beautiful limpid crimson; a fragrant, perfumed bouquet of red fruits leads into a glorious palate…” 97 points James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

 

2010 Mount Mary Quintet
retail $163
Cabernet sauvignon 47%, merlot 30%, cabernet franc 14%, petit verdot 5%, malbec 4%.

A strong year for Bordeaux varieties in the Yarra – Mount Mary’s famed Quintet is perhaps the essence of great Yarra cabernet blends in its autumnal and briary edged fruit. Uniquely 25% of the blend is matured in large format barrels (1500L or larger), so new oak never compromises the elegance of the final wine.  Whilst the compressed tannin that was such a feature on release is beginning to unpack, there is little doubt this has the ability to provide great drinking over decades to come.

 

“This particular Quintet we believe sits comfortably alongside the famed 1990 and 2000 vintages.” Sam Middleton Mount Mary

“Quintet is unique among Cabernet blends for its effortless, harmonious, silky, graceful approachability, making for enticing appeal and inherent longevity. Deep black fruit character meets medium-bodied restraint.” Tyson Stelzer  WBM Dec 2012

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