Yarra Yering Supper with Sarah Crowe: Bellota September 2016

Last night we were very lucky to have the most in demand winemaker in Australia host a supper with us at Bellota. Sarah Crowe has only had a short tenure at Yarra Yering but had already made a big mark and picking up the gong as the 2016 James Halliday winemaker of the year has thrust her into the spotlight.

The line-up of Underhill and Dry Red No. 2 was fantastic, five vintages of each which really highlighted the consistency of quality from the iconic Yarra Valley producer.

The Line-up:

Venison carpaccio, truffled celeriac remoulade.

Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz 1994

Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz 1998

Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz 2004

Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz 2010

Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz 2013

Cheese

Yarra Yering Carrodus Shiraz 2012

O’Connor flank steak , purple sprouting broccoli, charred onion, bone marrow jus.

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2 1985

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2 1994

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2 2001

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2 2008

Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2 2013

For me the Underhill bracket was the highlight, these five wines could only have come from the same block, so similar where they across the bracket. Of course the development of the older wines was to the fore yet the characteristic of Underhill a pure-bright-elegant shiraz with density and a graphite minerally backbone shone through all five wines. The 2004 was the pick of the dinner guests with all wines getting votes.

Whilst, the Dry red bracket No.2 was a little more varied it also provided the wines of the night. The 1985 was remarkable for a 36 year old wine, aged yes but still has fruit, had amazing colour and as it opened in the glass uncovered layers of tertiary characters, like cedar box, tobacco, dark sweet spice and pleasant savoury sous bois. And at the other end of the bracket the 2013 was a remarkable, approachable and dense wine with layers of complexity, beautiful balance and loaded with potential.

The wines at the either end of the supper the Carrodus Viognier and Shiraz also rate a mention. Both where fine examples of the genre. Elegant fine and restrained yet powerful tributes to the founder Dr Carrodus - who Sarah mentioned throughout the night as the real inspiration to her role as current custodian for this special place in the Yarra valley.

 

This is a wine estate in very safe hands. The 2013’s are terrific the 2014 are even better and Sarah is even more excited by the 2015 and 2016. I can’t wait to see what she has produced.

And the best thing…the supper was all done by 9pm.