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First established in 1970 by the Church family, this boutique family operation is a hidden gem of the Yarra Valley, producing - in particular - some of the finest straight Shiraz in the Valley.
The first vines were planted at Warramate in 1969 by Jack and June Church and were recognised as some of the first in the 're-establishment' of the valley, alongside neighbours Dr Carrodus at Yarra Yering and Guillaume de Pury across the lane at Yeringberg.
Unlike many of the more recent plantings in the valley, the Warramate vineyard is all dry grown, which helps to concentrate the flavours and up the flavour intensity (by naturally reducing yields). The vineyard too is hand-pruned and hand harvested (hands on winegrowing!) with an emphasis on sustainability; mulching and green crop manures are standard practice. Organic methods are scientifically trialled and used wherever possible.
The Warramate wines were made by Jack Church until 2000, when Jack's son David Church took over the reins (after obtaining a degree in Wine Science from Charles Sturt University). David’s winemaking is characterised by finesse, elegance and refinement. The wines reflect this with complexity and subtlety and technical excellence.
Warramate Wine Types
The range here is small but focused, with a single oddity - Riesling. The winery also produces a Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Merlot and two different Shiraz.
|Wine Region||Yarra Valley|
|Address||27 Maddens Lane, Gruyere, VIC, 3770, Australia|
|Phone||(03) 5964 9219|
Very light yellow with a grey tinge. Shy, restrained, undeveloped aroma, with smoky oak and spicy aromas, also stone fruits and some lees characters. Soft, dry, round and smooth in the mouth, with a lightness and moderate length. Lean and seemingl...
Medium red colour, slight purple and brick-red tinges. Meaty, gamy, animal and leathery aromas, quite complex and showing some mellowness. Oak makes its presence felt, as do other savoury inputs. The palate has good intensity and grip, the tannins...