Another successful vintage complete. Team Yering were tireless – as dedicated and committed as ever.
We spoke with Rod Harrison (Chief Viticulturist) & Willy Lunn (Chief Winemaker) to learn more.
Rod reflects on this year’s vintage, explaining that the dry growing conditions and high heat in mid-January contributed to a challenging season. Continuing into early February, this kept the team on alert to ensure that vine health was maintained. Moving into later February, the Yarra saw cold mornings which made for perfect machine harvesting conditions. Below you can see our viticulture team hand-picking too.
Rod recounts that harvest became very compressed mid-way through, “our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay had an excellent start but became quickly compressed come mid-March.” Successfully managing through these conditions, our viticulture and winemaking teams are excited about this vintage’s promising wine quality.
Our 2019 Chardonnay is looking fantastic. Willy explains that Chardonnay was treated very gently this vintage due to the grapes’ inherently thicker phenolic layer that occurred as a result of the heat. Pictured below is the 2019 Chardonnay, pressed before entering barrel. This sample is from our A- grade vineyards and is likely to go into our flagship Estate and Reserve tiers.
On another positive note, the challenging season left us with standouts in late red varieties which were very conducive to these warmer conditions. Particularly Shiraz from our esteemed Laura Barnes vineyard and our earlier-than-usual ripening Cabernet Sauvignon which is showing hallmarks of elegance and structure.