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2013 Yarra Yering Dry Red No.1

Winemaker's Notes

Classic claret-style. This is the blend on which Yarra Yering’s reputation was built. Always medium-bodied and low in alcohol suggesting delicacy, but nonetheless is a sleeping powerhouse of precision, intensity & concentration that demands a requisite amount of time in bottle to unfurl & allow the drinker in. Principally Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Malbec and a little Petit Verdot added, it swallows every ounce of its 100% new oak and sniggers “Is that all you’ve got?”

Aroma: Stylish, lifted nose settling into itself after a few years in bottle. Shows signature blackberry, aniseed, sarsaparilla, marzipan & cassis with hints of bergamot & varietal herbal tones.

Palate: A medium-bodied “classic” claret style featuring a fleshy, fruit-layered palate integrated with earthy complexity. Juicy acidity, characteristic of this vineyard, underlays soft expansive fruit and fine dusty tannins. In true Yarra Yering tradition, it combines power with poise, concentration with finesse.

Winemaking: All fruit at Yarra Yering is hand-picked and delivered direct to the winery. The fruit was destemmed & partially crushed directly to the traditional Yarra Yering “tea chest” 0.5-tonne open-fermenters. Stalks were added back to about 40% of the fermenters to contribute subtle influence on structure and aroma. Fermentation initiated naturally and was supplemented with a select cultured yeast strain part-way through to ensure completion. One-third of the selected ferments were pressed after 5 days to complete fermentation in French oak barrels. The balance were allowed to macerate for varying amounts of time post-fermentation (maximum 3 weeks) to draw additional tannin and structure from extended skin contact. The resultant blend was aged for 20 months in 100% new French oak barriques. Medium-toast is favoured for these fire-bent barrels, with toasted heads featuring stylistically. Bottled via gravity without filtration.

Varietals: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Malbec & 5% Petit Verdot.

Cellaring: Drinking beautifully at present but this vineyard has a proven pedigree & track record thus it will continue to evolve for a further 25+ years under suitable cellaring conditions.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2013 Yarra Yering Dry Red No.1

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
A 70/15/10/5% blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec and petit verdot planted in '69, matured for 20 months in 100% new French barriques. Deep crimson-purple, it proclaims its regal birth with the first whiff of the bouquet, the first sip of the palate. Always great, this medium to full-bodied wine pushes past previous vintages with the sheer perfection of its flavour profile, mouthfeel, and, above all else, its balance.
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