Winners | Yarra Valley Arts x Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition

Published on: 28th February 2022

Congratulations to the six winners of our 2022 Sculpture Exhibition.
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See their works as follows. On show until April 3 indoors and April 25 outdoors.

YERING STATION SCULPTURE AWARD
The Cost of Living, Part One, Paradise Lost by Anton McMurray

 

 

ARNOLD BLOCH LEIBLER SCULPTURE AWARD
Intrigue II by Ben Fasham

 

 

YARRA VALLEY ARTS SCULPTURE AWARD
Remnant 1 by Sarah Coffey
Selected by Yarra Valley Arts

 

 

YERING STATION ART GALLERY AWARD
Double-Headed Dagan by Lewis Wandin-Bursill

 

 

RACV SCULPTURE AWARD
In the Not Too Distant Future – Failed State by Julie Collins & Derek John

 

 

WINERY CHOICE AWARD
Low Hanging Fruit, Aldo Bilotta
Selected by Yering Station Winery Staff

Yarra Valley Arts x Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition

Published on: 17th February 2022

As our estate’s rolling vineyards turn from green to gold, we invite you to explore our contemporary gardens and architecture, across which sculptures by established and emerging Australian artists will be on display.

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Where: Yering Station | 38 Melba Highway, Yarra Valley
Launching: Sunday 27 February, 2022
Concluding:
Monday 25 April, 2022
Time: Weekdays 10am to 5pm | Weekends 10am to 6pm

‘polycellular’ by Kate Howard | ‘Wind Dance’ by Andrew Kasper | ‘Casual Nexus’ by Martin Hodge

Yering Station’s iconic annual sculpture exhibition traditionally shows in spring as buds begin forming on newly awakened vines. Owing however to the significant challenges of past years, the long awaited 20th anniversary of the Yarra Valley Arts x Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition will now be celebrated in autumn 2022. For the first time in the event’s history, the exhibition will coincide with harvest at the winery, with artworks arriving as bunches ripen and picking begins.

Enjoy works from artists such as Alex Sanson, Rudi Jass, Takahiko Sugawara, Savaad Felich, Taro Iiyama, Wona Bae, Charlie Lawler and more. All sculptures are for sale – so you may well find that special piece for your own home and garden – and commissions on sculpture sales are donated to My Room Children’s Cancer Charity and Yarra Valley Arts.

Also taking place in the Yarra Valley in autumn will be an Indoor Sculpture Exhibition at YAVA Gallery and Arts Hub in Healesville, and keep an eye out for links to the Arnold Bloch Leibler Sculpture Exhibition: a stalwart Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition sponsor and supporter since 2005, Arnold Bloch Leibler’s concurrent Sculpture Exhibition will be showing online across the length of the show at Yering Station.

While visiting, enjoy a dining experience in our signature Yarra Valley restaurant and an immersive wine tasting in our historic cellar door. Restaurant reservations required in advance.

Cover photo: ‘Hide’ by Clare James

Yering Station Wine Bar at NGV Summer Nights & Friday Nights

Published on: 11th January 2022

Enjoy your favourite Yering Station wines at our Wine Bar throughout NGV Summer Nights & NGV Friday Nights during Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto.

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Where: NGV Great Hall
Summer Nights: Monday to Thursday 5 – 9pm till end January 2022
Friday Nights: Friday 6 – 10pm until exhibition end in April 2022

Enjoy all your favourite Yering Station wines by the glass and bottle, or opt for a tasting flight across three varieties – chardonnay, pinot noir or a summer flight of cuvee, rose and off dry riesling.

 

Photography by Tobiaz Titz

Rosé Picnic in the Gardens at Yering Station

Published on: 12th November 2021

Celebrate the sunny season with our first-ever Rosé Picnic at Yering Station! Proudly hosted as part of the region’s Rosé Evolution event series.

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Where: Yering Station Gardens
When: Saturday 27th November & Sunday 28th November
Time: 10am to 5:30pm

Enjoy a relaxed picnic atmosphere in our beautifully manicured gardens with a selection of accoladed Rosé wines, gourmet delights and Spring sunshine.

A selection of our finest and freshest Rosés will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle throughout the day, including:

2015 Yarrabank Brut Rosé | methode traditionnelle sparkling
2021 Village Rosé | a dry style made with Italian varieties Sangiovese and Nebbiolo
2021 Little Yering Dry Rosé | the just-released, first ever vintage, made from Shiraz grapes

Pair your Rosé with an array of sweet and savoury masterpieces created by the esteemed Yering Station kitchen team, available for purchase from our Garden Bar. Selections include antipasto, local cheese, nori rolls, baguettes and more – all created to complement our beautiful Rosé wines.

Select a sunny or shady spot within the award-winning Michael McCoy gardens to enjoy your feast, the sights and sounds.

No bookings are required. Visitors are welcome at any time throughout the day.

We hope to see you there!

Introducing our newest wine — the Yering Station GSM

Published on: 5th October 2021

Get to know our first-ever Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre blend under our self-titled label.

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We’re proud to introduce our very first release of our Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre blend under our self-titled label.

With 100% of fruit hailing from our owned Yarra Valley vineyards, this wine is a spectacular display of red berries, fresh spice and flora. Bright acidity and soft tannins make for an incredibly soft and juicy palate.


Words from our Viticulturist | Rod Harrison
Our team is so excited to be releasing this wine. Shiraz was harvested from our Estate vineyard, and Grenache and Mourvèdre from our Springlane site. Interestingly, these two latter vines were originally rootstock Merlot, planted in 1999. In 2017, we decided to graft an acre each over to Grenache and Mourvèdre as we had the desire to trial varieties that would suit the climate changes we were and are experiencing. It’s clearly worked out for us as this wine is stunning.

Words from our Winemaker | Brendan Hawker
Grenache in the Yarra is a pretty unique thing. There aren’t many examples of it out here, but it certainly has an exciting future as an alternative variety.

We treated the Grenache and Mourvèdre components gently, with lots of pump overs in small open fermenters. Our aim was to maximise spice and perfume with soft, velvety texture. After 18 months of maturation in seasoned French oak, we began the blending process. Here, we looked for complementary Shiraz parcels that leant more toward fruit purity and purple florals to balance the spice of the Grenache. The Mourvèdre adds even more spice, but also a pretty firm and linear tannin profile that in small percentages gives the wine amazing definition.

Stylistically, the wine is leaning towards a medium-bodied, soft and juicy style – but it’s packing some wonderful complexity. It’s an exciting wine to be making. We look forward to seeing how the vineyard and its crop matures over time.

This wine is now available to purchase here.

Autumn Sculpture Exhibition at Yering Station

Published on: 29th September 2021

Yarra Valley Arts | Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition
27 February – 26 April 2022
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Our iconic annual sculpture exhibition traditionally shows in Spring as flower buds begin forming on newly awakened vines.

Owing however to the significant challenges of past years, the long awaited 20th anniversary of the Yarra Valley Arts | Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition & Awards will now be celebrated in Autumn 2022.

For the first time in the event’s history, the exhibition will coincide with harvest at the winery, with artworks arriving as bunches ripen and the picking begins.

The Opening and Presentation of Awards is scheduled for 27 February, when the crushing, fermenting and barreling is well underway.

So as Victoria fully emerges from its marathon of lockdowns, and as the estate’s rolling vineyards slowly turn from green to gold, we invite you to explore the contemporary gardens and architecture of Yering Station and the historically significant gardens of Chateau Yering Hotel, across which sculptures by established and emerging Australian artists will be on display.

All sculptures are for sale – so you may well find that special piece for your own home and garden – and commissions on sculpture sales are donated to My Room Children’s Cancer Charity and Yarra Valley Arts, towards the support of community arts events in the region.

Also taking place in the Yarra Valley in autumn will be an Indoor Sculpture Exhibition at YAVA Gallery and Arts Hub in Healesville, the annual Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges Open Studios, while collaborative duo Wona Bae and Charlie Lawler from Melbourne’s Loose Leaf Studios will bring their immersive, organic, concept-driven art to Yering Station’s historic winery.

Until then, we wish you well, and look forward to seeing you in the valley for a very special autumn of art and wine!

Discover our 2022 Halliday Wine Companion Results

Published on: 13th August 2021

We are delighted to present you with our 2022 Halliday Wine Companion results, just announced this morning.

These accolades are an absolute testament to the unerring passion and efforts of our dedicated winemaking and viticulture teams. Read on to discover our ratings, as reviewed by Jane Faulkner from the Halliday Wine Companion team.

We are honoured to be awarded another Top 5-Red Star winery rating, along with incredible scores on our wines. Our Top 5-Red Star winery rating recognises Yering Station as an outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. A long track record of excellence, having held a 5-star rating continuously for 10 years – truly considered among the best of the best by the Wine Companion team.

2019 Reserve Shiraz Viognier | 96 points
Rating Category: Outstanding
“Everything is just so with this tip-top reserve. It’s full bodied and very rich with lovely spiced plums, mocha and licorice root flavours. The tannins are velvety and plush and this feels quite sumptuous, even decadent. Hard to resist now, but will reward more in time.” SHOP NOW

2019 Reserve Pinot Noir | 95 points
Rating Category: Outstanding
“There’s a density, a plushness and a level of complexity that puts this in reserve territory. Nicely layered with sweet fruit, spice, cedary oak and ripe, textural tannins. It has a certain savouriness, almost ferrous and of all things, this feels cool across the full-bodied palate.” SHOP NOW

2019 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon | 95 points
Rating Category: Outstanding
“A fragrant and very fine reserve. It kicks off with violets and cassis, menthol and blackberries, licorice and mocha then freshly rolled tobacco. The oak is well integrated, the tannins precise and persuasive and really, nothing is out of place.” SHOP NOW

2019 Yering Station Shiraz Viognier | 95 points
Rating Category: Outstanding
“This is firmly in the riper spectrum, yet composed. It’s silky and textured, full of dark plums, wood char, licorice and dried herbs. The full-bodied palate is fleshy and satisfying, with expansive tannins. Drinking well right now.” SHOP NOW

2019 Reserve Chardonnay | 94 points
Rating Category: Outstanding
“Flavoursome yet somewhat reticent… There’s a lovely fragrance and the palate is full of citrus and some stone fruit, all spiced up with a layer of creamy lees; not much, just enough.” SHOP NOW

2019 Single Vineyard Laura Barnes Pinot Noir | 92 points
Rating Category: Highly Recommended
“A plush offering this vintage, with the fruit flitting between ripe and overripe dark cherries to strawberry compote.” SHOP NOW

2019 Yering Station Chardonnay | 90 points
Rating Category: Highly Recommended
“Stone fruit, spice and citrus… It’s refreshing and lively.” SHOP NOW

2019 Yering Station Pinot Noir | 90 points
Rating Category: Highly Recommended
“…Flavoursome with spiced cherries and cherry-cola.” SOLD OUT | Try our 2020 Vintage, now available

2018 Yering Station Cabernet Sauvignon | 90 points
Rating Category: Highly Recommended
“Brimming with violets, cassis, blackberries and tomato bush.” SHOP NOW

Meet our just-released 2019 Reserve Collection

Published on: 2nd August 2021

Introducing our flagship Reserves. Wines that speak of time, effort and place in the purest of forms.

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We are delighted to announce the release of our four outstanding 2019 Reserve wines.

Since 1997, we have strived to get the very best out of each grape. To select the best of the best in our cellar, isolate it, and present it to the world as our Reserve. We continue to stay true to our philosophy and only present Reserves that are worthy of wearing their label with pride.

In some years, it’s a collection of Reserves and in others, a sole stand-out. This year, we are proud to release all four varieties. Our 2019 Reserve Collection is a spectacular display of our best blocks, rows and parcels across our esteemed Yarra Valley sites. Powerful, concentrated and expressive, they speak of the season, the land and our efforts in the purest of forms.

What makes our 2019 Reserves spectacular…

The 2019 season saw a cold, dry winter and early spring that was followed by significant rainfall. Thankfully, these conditions saw excellent fruit set achieved across all varieties prior to December’s rain.

Rod Harrison, chief viticulturist, recounts how well our vines were set-up through January’s heat spikes, creating steady flavour development through to February. As a result, our grapes realised outstanding concentration, densely packed with flavour and ripe tannin.

Brendan Hawker, senior winemaker, notes that the level of intensity and concentration found in our 2019 Reserves is reflective of the warmer year. Having a range of vineyards from which we can build our blends allows Brendan and our team the luxury of careful block selection to arrive at perfectly harmonious Reserves.

“I’d like to recognise the hard work and commitment that goes into producing them, from both the vineyard and winery teams. I see this manifest when tasting the wines, in their intrinsic power and finesse, and their continuing legacy of quality.” – Brendan Hawker

This season saw the team hunting select cooler sites to coax out nuances of elegance and finesse, pairing with the inherent power of the vintage at hand. This, along with further detailed blending and barrel selection results in a quartet of proud and powerful Yering Station Reserves.

These wines are an absolute pleasure to drink now, but your patience will also be rewarded with careful cellaring over the next ten years.

Releasing with high accolades in tow from celebrated wine writers at Halliday Wine Companion, The Real Review and more. Browse the collection now.

When Should You Open Your Pinot Noir?

Published on: 17th May 2021

An age-old question in the world of wine. And like all good questions, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer.
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Generally speaking, palates with limited tasting experience will typically prefer younger wines that showcase primary fruit flavours. A more experienced palate, however, may gravitate toward cellared wines that show the development of secondary characters, or those that are even more mature than that.

Not too sure where your preferences lie? Should you have the opportunity, we always encourage the purchase of a dozen bottles – allowing for the best of both worlds. Enjoy half now, and the latter half at a later date.

If you follow this approach, it’s best to ensure you have the right set-up to store your wines in appropriate cellar-like conditions at home. Best practice for Pinot Noir, and all reds, dictates wine storage at a consistent temperature between 12 to 14 degrees celsius. If you don’t have a cool, dark spot in your home that will allow for these conditions, you may consider investing in a wine fridge to ensure your favourite bottles are never compromised.

What to expect if you drink now

This is an option that applies to every single one of our releases – from Little Yering through to Reserves. At Yering Station, you’ll never find us releasing a wine that’s not ready to be enjoyed in the moment.

If you’re opting for a Little Yering or Village Pinot Noir, expect freshness. Bright, juicy fruit-forward characters and subtle spice. These wines are specifically produced with youthful drinking in mind.

If you’re opting for a Pinot from our self-titled collection and upward, expect classic cool climate Pinot. Yarra Valley hallmarks to the forefront. Before release, these Pinots undergo their own barrel and bottle maturation, giving them the time and space to come into their own. This maturation process can be anywhere from 10 to 18 months.

What to expect if you cellar

While our Little Yering and Village Pinot Noirs are produced with stylistic ‘drink now’ intent, they too can benefit from careful cellaring. Putting these wines away for 3 to 5 years can often times showcase beautiful fruit development into a slightly more earthy space.

Our self-titled, Single Vineyard and Reserve Pinot Noirs are most definitely wines that will benefit from careful cellaring. Cellaring windows will vary from Pinot to Pinot and vintage to vintage, as well as your own personal preferences. We generally suggest 10 years, and in some cases 15+ years. If you’re drinking a cellared Yering Station Pinot, expect evolved flavours in the space of cranberry, forest figs, Russian toffee and truffles. In some cases – raisins, Christmas brandy cake and soft leathery spice as well.

Lastly, a general note when cellaring Pinot, is to always consider the interactions between acidity and tannins. Both of these elements bring mouthfeel and structure to a wine. During the aging process, these two elements also vastly persist, evolving the wine’s dynamic.

If you don’t have the time or space to cellar wines – let us do it for you. Visiting our Yarra Valley cellar door enables you to access our back-vintages which we’ve carefully cellared away in our underground museum. Becoming a Wine Club member also enables you access to back-vintage wines for purchase online.

A Guide to Matching Our Pinot Noir With Food

Published on: 13th May 2021

At Yering Station, Pinot Noir is our heartland. It’s in our blood.

And because of that, you’ll find several different Pinot Noir wines in our fold. Each impressive and unique in their own right, but the commonality across them all can be found in their inherent elegance.

Fragrant, juicy, vibrant, savoury spiced. These characters make our brand of cool climate Pinot Noir one of the most food-friendly red varieties you could opt for.

Read on to learn about all things Pinot – along with uncovering the perfect culinary match for our current releases, as recommended by our senior winemaker Brendan Hawker.

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Little Yering Pinot Noir

If you’re new to Pinot Noir and don’t quite know where to start, then this is the drop for you. A Victorian expression, this wine is made with clean, modern winemaking techniques – making it super fresh and approachable. True to the Victorian style, it offers red cherries and a dash of delicious savoury spice. An easy-drinker, it serves as the perfect weeknight staple to always have on hand at home.

Pairing recommendation: warm autumn salad of mixed grains, vegetables and grilled haloumi

View our current release, available online now.

 

Village Pinot Noir

Moving into Yarra Valley fruit, a large portion of which is grown on our vineyards, this wine expresses what our regional home does best – growing bright, vibrant and juicy Pinot Noir grapes. Think fragrant raspberries, a web of savoury spice and a lick of milk chocolate. A great option for those that are seeking an approachable Pinot to match with autumn-style dinner dishes – from pasta and risotto to duck and lamb.

Pairing recommendation: wild mushroom risotto, using dried porcini or portobello mushrooms

View our current release, available online now.

 

Yering Station Pinot Noir

Yering Station in a glass. If you can’t get to our Yarra Valley cellar door, then this is your next best bet. Made with fruit produced from our estate vineyards, this Pinot Noir is the proud definition of our house style. It opens with a perfume of blue flowers, followed by dark cherries and paradise spice. Power, beauty and complexity – all at once. A wine that will never fail to impress at a dinner with good company.

Pairing recommendation: charcuterie board with cheese and cured meats

View our current release, available online now.

 

Single Vineyard Laura Barnes Pinot Noir

This one’s for all the Pinot lovers looking for something a little left of the traditional centre. Our single vineyard series don’t typically represent our house style, but instead showcase our unique terroir in its purest of forms. In this case, you can expect a powerful Pinot that’s richer and denser than what you’d normally expect from the variety. Dark fruits, five spice, cardamom, herbs and star anise. A special parcel, it hails from our esteemed Laura Barnes site and is its first single vineyard Pinot release in 20 years.

Pairing recommendation: chargrilled steak with peppercorn jus

View our current release, available online now.

 

Reserve Pinot Noir

This one’s for the collectors. Meet our flagship Pinot Noir. Only made in the best years, using only the best parcels of fruit. This wine wears its label with pride. Its sole ambition is to epitomise time, place and effort of the vintage at hand. Typically a full spectrum of luscious dark fruits, finishing in a fanfare of silky tannins. A special wine for a special someone, or a special occasion – now or in years to come. One that we encourage you to carefully cellar, in this case up to 2030 or longer dependant on personal preference. You can also opt to purchase this style in a beautiful, branded gift box.

Pairing recommendation: confit duck leg with pea puree

View our current release, available online now.