Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective, is an award winning freelance wine writer, educator and wine judge based in the UK. Sarah regularly travels to Australia and, known for her expertise on Australian wines. She recently sat down and tasted through some of Yering Station Wines. The 2015 Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir were among the highlights for Sarah.
Yering Station Little Yering Chardonnay 2016 (Yarra Valley)
This is much more grown up than the last vintage I tasted. Textural, with an attractive waxy quality to its melon and ripe lemon fruit and deftly judged nutty, spicy oak nuances. If you’re a fan of Macon with a splash of oak, this sophisticated entry-level Chardonnay will appeal. Nice weight and mouthfeel. It was part-aged for 9 months in French oak. (available late 2017)
Yering Station Village Chardonnay 2016 (Yarra Valley)
The Village cuvee delivers more overt, concentrated, fruit (melon, lemon) with sweet vanillin as well as nutty oak. The palate is weighty, even creamy (praline) going through, but well balanced by underlying savoury acidity. This wine was 100% barrel fermented and aged for 11 months in French 228 & 500 litre barrels, 10% new.
Yering Station Estate Chardonnay 2015 (Yarra Valley)
Like the Estate Pinot Noir, this Chardonnay offers greater finesse, with more structure and layer. It has enticing flinty nuances to its ripe white peach and candied lemon peel palate. A firm backbone of acidity pushes out a long finish with tangy sour dough nuances. A well-balanced, enjoyable Chardonnay.
Yering Station Little Yering Pinot Noir 2016 (Yarra Valley)
This pale but interesting Pinot impressed me at Matthew Jukes’ 100 Best Australian Wines. Like the Little Yering Chardonnay, it offers impressive varietal and regional character and sophistication for an entry-level wine. Similarly it comes from younger (9-14 year old) vines (clones MV6 & 777) and spends around 9 months in oak. It has perfumed, fresh black and red cherry fruit with hints of almond/cherrystone, Campari, orange peel and catering chocolate. A gentle rub of fine suede tannins brings texture and a subtle savoury note. A super-smashable but varietally authentic Pinot.
Yering Station Village Pinot Noir 2015 (Yarra Valley)
Yering Station have been re-structuring the vineyard using precision viticulture tecniques (infrared etc). Given that this Pinot comes from the same clones, very slightly older vines and is also aged for 9 months in French oak, either site, extraction or the age/toast/cooperage of the oak markedly differentiates this wine. It has a more savoury nose and palate with smoked meat, earthy beetroot, a lick of cheroot and ruffled suede tannins to its concentrated but well-focused black and red cherry fruit. Pretty it ain’t, but this is a very well-executed earthy, savoury style of Pinot. Satisfying stuff.
Yering Station Pinot Noir 2015 (Yarra Valley)
Made from older (12-25 year old) vines and 100% MV6 clone, this well-knit cuvee brings more florals and juicy, sappy red berry and cherry lift to the party, though its savoury notes are not underplayed. Earthy beetroot, chinato dried herbs and bitter chocolate notes jostle with the fruit. With generosity of fruit and detail, it has nice tension, length and line.
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