Tarrawarra

Tarrawarra is, and always has been, one of the top-tier wineries in the Yarra Valley. Founded by Marc Besen AO and wife Eva, it has operated on the basis that quality is paramount, cost a secondary concern. The creation of the Tarrawarra Museum of Art (twma.com.au) in a purpose-built building provides another reason to visit the winery; indeed, many visitors come specifically to look at the ever-changing displays in the Museum. Changes in the vineyard include the planting of shiraz and merlot, and in the winery, the creation of a four- tier range: a deluxe MDB label made in tiny quantities and only when the vintage permits; a single vineyard duo (J-Block Shiraz and K-Block Merlot); a Reserve range of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; and the 100% estate-grown varietal range. Exports to France, the Maldives and Singapore. – James Halliday, The Wine Companion