Our Sustainability Commitments

Published on: 19th January 2023

With commitment to land comes responsibility.

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Our family of five Yarra Valley vineyards are managed by many patient hands, all of which are devoted to our ongoing sustainability efforts. Our commitment to our land is unerring, with our team constantly seeking out ways to implement new and innovative sustainability practises in our vineyards and winery.

These include, but are not limited to, drip irrigation,  planting cover crops, composting, conscious water consumption and our winery being powered by solar energy.

Read on to discover the full extent of our efforts and why they make a difference.

Our 2023 Halliday Wine Companion Results

Published on: 4th August 2022

Discover our 2023 Halliday Wine Companion results, as reviewed by Philip Rich.
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We’re thrilled to present you with our 2023 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, led by Brendan Hawker and Rod Harrison.⁠

We’re so 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 over a decade years – truly considered among the best of the best by the Wine Companion team.⁠

Discover some of our highlights across our current release and soon-to-be-released wines as follows. ⁠

2020 Reserve Shiraz Viognier, 96 points | Just released online⁠ | Shop here

2020 Reserve Chardonnay, 95 points | Just released online⁠ | Shop here

2020 PDC Single Vineyard Shiraz, 94 points | Releasing October 2022⁠ | Sign up to our loyalty program to be notified when released

2021 Yering Station Pinot Noir, 93 points | Available online ⁠| Shop here

2020 Yering Station Shiraz Viognier, 91 points | Available in the coming months | Shop 2019 here, 95 points

2020 Yering Station GSM, 90 points | Sold out

2021 Village Pinot Noir, 90 points | Available online | Shop here

2021 Village Chardonnay, 90 points | Available online | Shop here 

Introducing our 2020 Reserve Release

Published on: 1st August 2022

Pillars of time, place and effort. Our 2020 Reserve Release is here.
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Today marks the proud release of our 2020 Reserve wines. Each August 1st, we release our Reserve wines representing the very best of our Yarra Valley vineyards in a given vintage.

Every year, we continue to stay true to our philosophy and only present Reserves that are worthy of wearing their label with pride. 2020 was a cool ripening season, a surprising two weeks later than the previous set of vintages. Lower crops and several large rain events which pushed picking dates out resulted in long flavour accumulation and high natural acidities, delivering some truly special wines – Chardonnay and Shiraz being the giant standouts.⁠

Releasing with high accolades in tow from celebrated wine writers at Halliday Wine Companion, The Real Review, Wine Front, Wine Pilot and more. ⁠


Wine writers on our 2020 Reserve Chardonnay

“It’s a wine that combines that essential merging in power and elegance.” – Ray Jordan, Wine Pilot | 96 points

“…Oak very subtle and harmonious. Taut and intense in the mouth, with straightforward but deep flavour…” – Huon Hooke, The Real Review | 95 points

“It smells like just-sliced grapefruit with the spritz of zest in the air and the fresh, crisp scent of a cold mid-winter morning before the world has awoken.” – Nicole Bilson, Wine Pilot | 95 points

“As you move to taste, the liveliness of fruit is joined by a marked grapefruit citrussy acidity. That’s the future of the wine right there, the secret to its longevity in bottle.” – Jeni Port, Wine Pilot | 94 points

Wine writers on our 2020 Reserve Shiraz Viognier

“Comfortable in its own skin, this strikes the perfect balance between having excellent depth and concentration whilst remaining elegant and pure.” – Philip Rich, Halliday Wine Companion | 96 points

“A wine of beautifully integrated layers of flavour. It’s all here…” – Jeni Port, Wine Pilot | 96 points

“What a beauty! Black cherries, pressed violets, strawberries and cream – the aromas erupt from the glass as you pour.” – Nicole Bilson, Wine Pilot | 96 points

“It is an exquisite example of how to do it well (blend shiraz and viognier), in fact really well.” – Ray Jordan, Wine Pilot | 95 points

“This is a very fine wine. Grunty but fine… At all points though it looked, tasted and felt authoritative.” – Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front | 94+ points

Q&A | National Shiraz Day

Published on: 28th July 2022

We sit down and talk all things shiraz with Brendan Hawker this National Shiraz Day. ____________________

Q: What makes Yarra Valley shiraz so special?
A: Grown in our cool climate, Yarra Valley Shiraz has a medium-bodied elegance about it. It is wonderfully diverse, typically with a lot of light and dark spice, red and blue fruits – and purple florals too.

Q: How would you distinguish the hallmark shiraz style at Yering Station?
A: We co-ferment a small percentage (around 3%) of Viognier with our Shiraz. I find this really helps to lift the perfume of the wine and builds a beautiful, velvety palate for which our shiraz wines are known. The addition of viognier always stabilises the wine’s colour of which you can expect a beautifully rich purple ruby.

Q: Our 2020 Reserve shiraz viognier is releasing in a few days’ time, available for sale online and at cellar door, as well as on tasting. What can we expect?
A: A wonderfully complex cool climate shiraz, barrel selected from our best batches of Shiraz from the 2020 vintage. Expect layers of depth and complexity, with berry fruits providing mouth-watering juiciness and fine-tannins delivering a gravelly, almost granitic texture. There’s a darker ferrous element too, which is very compelling. There’s an inherent ageability factor built into all our Reserve wines.


Q: How do you find our Reserve shiraz wines will typically mature throughout their drinking windows?
A: Tannin begins to soften and primary fruit characters evolve into deeper, more complex secondary characters – making for a very elegant and intriguing drink.

Q: How do you typically approach the shiraz winemaking process?
A: We use gravity where we can and macerate quite gently. This brings out balanced tannin structure that isn’t too tough or drying. We also mature our shiraz in a mix of seasoned 500L and new 228L French oak barrels for 15 months, before blending our diverse range of shiraz parcels to make the most complex and engaging wines possible.

Q: Favourite food pairing tips for shiraz?
A: Steak – always steak!

Q: Your Yering Station shiraz pick for this winter?
A: It’s very hard to go past either our Yering Station Shiraz Viognier, or our soon-to-be-released 2020 Reserve Shiraz Viognier for a special occasion.

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!