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Part of the Port Philip zone which surrounds Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is located an hour outside Melbourne and is one of the most important fine wine growing regions in Australia. The Yarra Valley’s viticultural history extends back to 1838 when the Ryrie Brothers planted the first vineyards at what is now Yering Station, with the first vintage produced in 1845 by the legendary James Dardel. In 1863 Hubert de Castella established St Huberts Vineyards and Guillaume de Pury established Yeringberg, bringing the total area under vine to 430 acres. This trend continued with the establishment of Yeringa with David Mitchell planting vineyards at Stringybark Creek increasing the area under vine to 1000 acres. This period of growth was followed by a series of poor vintages and tough economic conditions which saw vineyard production completely cease by 1937.

The Yarra Valley’s modern renaissance began when Reg Egan planted Wantirna Estate in 1963 and was followed in the late 1960s and early 1970s by Mount Mary, Yeringberg, Yarra Yering, St Huberts, Seville Estate, Yarra Burn, Chateaux Yeringa (now de Bortoli) and others, From the this period through to the late 1990’s investment and expansion continued, with the majority of wineries small, quality conscious, boutique producers of top quality wine which fetched appropriate prices. The latter period of the 1990’s saw large scale corporate investment, with Moet & Chandon establishing Domaine Chandon alongside acquisitions by Mildara Blass, McWilliams, Hardys and others.

The Yarra Valley is a diverse and cool climate region with a lower average growing temperature than both Bordeaux and Burgundy, the principle white variety is Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, while the red varieties that the region is renowned for are Cabernet Sauvignon (with associated Bordeaux varieties of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) which helped put the Yarra Valley on the map followed by Pinot Noir which arrived en masse in the 1980s and followed more recently by Shiraz (which is sometimes blended with Viognier). Both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are also cultivated as sparkling base. Interestingly, vineyards planted in the cool, upper Yarra Valley for the production of sparkling wine are now being used for table wines. Whether it’s global warming or just that recent vintages have been warmer, there is little doubt that the Upper Yarra including places such as Hoddles Creek and other sub-districts such as Woori Yallock have really come into their own over the last 5-10 years. 

Chardonnay styles vary across winemakers and site, with a distinctive aromatic profile of melon and fig in warmer sites and white peach and grapefruit from cooler vineyards. Both styles are characterised by good acidity. Outstanding producers include Oakridge, Toolangi, Coldstream Hills, de BortoliGiant Steps, Mac Forbes and Hoddles Creek. The Yarra Valley is one of the first Australian regions to establish Pinot Noir of high regard, with notes of plum, cherry and strawberry and a characteristic underlying sappy acidity and fine soft tannins. Outstanding producers include de Bortoli, Coldstream Hills, Giant Steps and Mount Mary and Wedgetail. Yarra Valley Cabernet is almost always blended with traditional Bordeaux varieties and is characterised as a medium bodied wine, elegant, with notes of cassis, hay, tobacco leaf, fine silky tannins and remarkable longevity. Outstanding producers include Mount Mary, Yarra Yarra, Yeringberg, Wantirna EstateShiraz is less prevalent in the Yarra Valley and highly dependent on vineyard location favouring warmer growing conditions. Increasingly producers are following the Northern Rhone Cote Rotie blend by adding small quantities of Viognier for added colour and aromatic lift. Classic Yarra Valley Shiraz is almost always of a cool climate style with notes of pepper, black cherry and spice with fine silky tannins. Outstanding producers include Yering Station, de Bortoli, Jamsheed, Yarra Yarra and recently Serrat.

Sources:
The Oxford Companion to Wine, (ed) Jancis Robinson
James Hallidays Wine Atlas of Australian, James Halliday


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  1. Vinoque Fiano e Greco 2018
    Vinoque Fiano e Greco 2018

    If you haven't looked at some of the Vinoque range from De Bortoli, do yourself a favour. Steve Webber uses this label to produce some incredible value wines and fantastic little blends. We carry a few but this one always seems to end up floor stacked somewhere in the store. PWS

    51/49%/fiano/greco Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed to used French casks for fermentation. Light straw. Rockpool, saline, lemon peel. Fermentation in old French casks has let loose some exotic flavours of figs, cut pear and honey. A touch of lemon drop confection brings these two Italian grapes together on the finish. JENI PORT, James Halliday

    2015
    Fiano, Greco
    Australia
    506
  2. The Wizardry Grenache Rouge 2019
    The Wizardry Grenache Rouge 2019

    Steve Webber is a man of many talents and passions. One of his is Grenache from upper Heathcote. He loves it so much he has established a brand around promoting the variety in the region. This is the 3rd vintage and of the wines and we are thoroughly convinced, not just because Steve stands behind, but because the wine is that good. The future is bright and so is this wine. PWS

    This red delight reflects the name with definitely some magic in its makeup, dark cherry aromatics to start, with ripe but not jammy flavours as you sip in medium to fuller-bodied juicy fruits offsetting a fine, sandy tannin feel. There’s a lot going on for the price – look out for specials and keep an eye on it as the styling unfolds over the next few years. HALLIDAY MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2020

    2019
    Grenache
    Australia
    506
  3. De Bortoli Villages Pinot Noir 2019
    De Bortoli Villages Pinot Noir 2019

    The idea of a Villages blend is to create attractive and appealing wine from different villages within the Yarra Valley. Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Pinot Noir are selected from best growers along with and Grenache chosen from Heathcote. 

    How Steve Webber and his team manage to punch out such great wines, accross the whole ranged with this value is always a surprise to us.

    Another stellar effort and effortlessly is the key word here. Floral and bright with a serious tone to the fruit that is dialled in with a fresh Autumnal leaf that sits gently in the background. Softly sweet fruit, fresh and clean with a little x-factor that keeps you coming back for more. PWS

    2019
    Pinot noir
    Australia
    506
  4. De Bortoli Vinoque Same Same 2019
    De Bortoli Vinoque Same Same 2019

    The Vinoque range from De Bortoli is a bit of fun for winemaker Steve Webber but don't let that full you, the same drive for quality and great wine are poured into these wines as they are the hole range from the crew at De Bortoli.

    The Same Same blend changes from year to year and has in the past included Pinot Gris. Either way it is "Pinot" based and ridiculously easy to drink. PWS

    Yarra Valley blend of pinot meunier (59%) and pinot noir. Pinot meunier: same same as pinot noir, but different. Just don’t ask me to explain how.

    Sure this is frisky, fresh and berried but there’s an earthen quality, a savoury side, a nod to the other side of the brain. There’s a core of sweet succulent fruit but that’s not the wine’s main play; herb and spice notes have the run of things here. It’s an ‘at the table’ wine, as opposed to an ‘on the couch’ or a ‘by the pillow’ wine (there’s a set of wine show categories for you). It pays to get these things right. In any case I’m a fan of this release. Le table awaits. CAMPBELL MATTINSON, The Wine Front

    2019
    Red
    Australia
    506
  5. De Bortoli Villages Pinot Noir 2018
    De Bortoli Villages Pinot Noir 2018
    The idea of a Villages blend is to create attractive and appealing wine from different villages within the Yarra Valley. Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Pinot Noir are selected from best growers along with and Grenache chosen from Heathcote. 

    How Steve Webber and his team manage to punch out such great wines, accross the whole ranged with this value is always a surprise to us.

    Incredibly all the fruit was hand harvested and a combination of whole berry with 15-25% whole bunch is fermented with 12-18 days of maceration. Pressed, settled overnight and then filled to French casks by gravity. Amazingly gentle and thoughtful winemaking for a wine in this category. Bright strawberry, light summer herb and lifted aromas that follow onto a pillowy but trim body with plenty of flavour and lovely zest throughout. PWS
    2018
    Pinot noir
    Australia
    506
  6. Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2020
    Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2020

    You’ll likely buy it for less than the RRP listed here, which is a good thing for the consumer. Another excellent wine from the master of complexity at entry level prices, Tim Shand.

    Orange peel, amaro herbs, red fruit, spicy, and very savoury. It’s light, kind of juicy, but bright and complex, sappy and a little bit ‘out there’, slight smokiness, energy and crunch, and all-round deliciousness of drinking. Finish is good. Love this. CAMPBELL MATTINSON, The Wine Front

    This always has a good chunk of whole-bunch to bring out the spicy Pinot fruit and it does it so well in a fresh and buoyant style.  Red cherried fruit bursting through with an orange peel twang and plenty of sweet spice notes carry it through to the racy and vibrant finish. No oak of oak its just pure, fresh and utterly smashable. PWS

    2020
    Pinot noir
    Australia
    506
  7. De Bortoli Villages Tempranillo Touriga 2019
    De Bortoli Villages Tempranillo Touriga 2019
    15% whole bunch, 6 months in 500L French oak puncheons (5% new). 53/42/5%/tempranillo/touriga/shiraz. Vegan/vegetarian friendly. Plenty of Spanish-Portuguese love happening here with the vivacious tempranillo in a meeting of minds with touriga. Plush fruit meets firm tannins with dark cherries, red licorice, full spice. It's full-on flavour is whipped into a pretty tight tannic mould on the palate. JENI PORT, JamesHalliday.com
    2019
    Shiraz Grenache
    Australia
    506
  8. Oakridge LVS Willow Lake Chardonnay 2018 375ml
    Oakridge LVS Willow Lake Chardonnay 2018 375ml

    Winemaker and CEO David Bicknell has proved his worth time and again as an extremely talented winemaker. JAMES HALLIDAY

    What is there to say about this superb Yarra Valley winery. Headed up by Dave Bicknell it feels like they can do no wrong. Everything they make from top to bottom is deftly put together and sourced from the Yarra's best vineyards. The quality is always outstanding and the LVS (local vineyard series) is some of the best value Pinot and Chardonnay around. PWS

    I’ve probably said it before, and anyone who knows me knows I’m prone to repeating myself, but what a lovely evocative name it is for a vineyard.

    It doesn’t need any styling products; there’s not a hair out of place here. White peach and lime, green melon, almond nougat, a whisper of struck match and spice. Smooth and flavoursome, a subtle viscosity interlaid with chalk and flint, some floral mouth-perfume, slight tweak to the finish with citrus rind and grapefruit tang. Right proper Chardonnay here. GARY WALSH, The Wine Front

    2018
    chardonnay
    Australia
    506
  9. Nunc Pinot Noir 2019
    Nunc Pinot Noir 2019

    Dave Mac formerly of Oyster bay and now Ar Fion heads up this awesome little collaboration that morphs from year to year. Working with growers from four Yarra Valley vineyards, stretching across the region's myriad of microclimates and soils this a classic looking Yarra Pinot.

    Yarra Station, Willowlake, Beenak and Primavera Vineyards, Yarra Valley

    The fruit from the Yarra Station and Willowlake vineyards was fermented as whole bunches for approximately 14 days. After a few light stomps they were pressed together to stay on light lees in old barrels. The remaining fruit (from Beenak and Primavera) was completely de-stemmed and fermented for approx 22 days with a light pump over every day. They were then pressed to a mix of old and two-year-old French barriques.

    After two months, malolactic fermentation was complete and the wines were racked together as a blend then returned to barrel for a further few months to help vineyard characters to integrate with each other and make a complete wine. At the end of August the wine was racked lightly again to tank, prior to a light sulphur addition in preparation for bottling.
    No fining or filtration.

    The result is a savoury, amaro- and tea leaf-inflected Pinot, with lifted notes of red cherry, raspberry and rose leading to a palate that is juicy and bright, medium-bodied, and with a deliciously smoky-spicy close. PWS

    2019
    Pinot noir
    Australia
    506
  10. Wickhams Road Gippsland Pinot Noir 2020
    Wickhams Road Gippsland Pinot Noir 2020

    From the same vineyard as the Gippsland Chardonnay; guided through the winery to show maximum regional expression, has dark fruits and savoury finish. The fruit is sourced from our own vineyard in Gippsland. We travel down to Gippsland once a week to tend the vines. The wine is destemmed without crushing and left on skins for 25 days. We use a mixture of natural and cultured yeast to achieve a balance between fruit and complexity. The wine is bottled without filtration or fining. HODDLES CREEK ESTATE

    Again, this year I fancy the Gippsland over the Yarra.

    Strawberry, spice, light perfume. It’s light-bodied, all the strawberry juice and subtle autumnal/smoky tones, fine dusting of emery tannin, some pepper on spice on a cool finish of good length. Likely to build a bit more complexity with time in bottle. Good release. Pretty. GARY WALSH, The Wine Front

    2020
    Pinot noir
    Australia
    506
  11. Airlie Bank Yarra Cuvee
    Airlie Bank Yarra Cuvee
    The Airlie Bank range is a bit of a favourite of us here. It offers stunning value given the juice in the bottle and allows winemaker Tim Shand a bit of fun-time in the winery to make wines that sit outside the core range of classics from the Yarra.

    This sparkling is a blend of 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Noir- sourced from within the Yarra Valley. Small portions were barrel fermented and given extended time on lees to build a little  texture and complexity to the final bottling.

    Fresh cut citrus and pear are complemented by a light doughy, bready complexity which is a bit of a welcome surprise at this level.  It's fresh and vibrant with apple blossom and citrus characters but still has lovely focus and cut to it. Some chalky structure on the close ends with some complex brioche notes. Great stuff!
    Multiple
    chardonnay
    Australia
    506
  12. Oakridge Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2019
    Oakridge Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2019

    2020 Langtons Yarra Valley Wine Show
    GOLD MEDAL

    A traditional winemaking approach with whole berry/bunch fermentation in open vessels for three weeks followed by a 9 month maturation in French oak barrels.

    Crimson Red in colour with a maroon hue. A sophisticated mix of fruit and spice aroma’s on the nose. With crushed strawberry, red cherry and pomegranate, element of spice and a touch of earth from the whole bunch inclusion add complexity. The palate displays a lush and layered density of fruit with dark cherry and red berry flavours with plush fruit tannins woven in adding complexity. There is a soft yet bright acid line providing drive and length to wine before the classic fantail finish of a great Yarra Pinot Noir.

    2019
    Pinot noir
    Australia
    506
  13. Warramate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Warramate Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    This cabernet lures you in with graphite and violets, the palate rolling into a velvety ball of black fruits, spice and subtle tertiary tones of earth. There's dimension and a fine framework wrapped around a flavoursome core of fruit. This is great value for the money, there's a luxuriant richness which hints towards a wine of pedigree. ALEX WILCOX, PWS
    2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon
    Australia
    506
    Special Price $27.00 Regular Price $32.00
  14. Bloody Hill Villages Pinot Noir Healesville 2021
    Bloody Hill Villages Pinot Noir Healesville 2021
    The first pinot to be made from vines Rivar planted three years ago at their home property in Healesville, Bloody Hill. Rivar was given a patch of great dirt and free reign and should be proud of this first run. All the fruit is destemmed so the focus is on a core of red cherries, rosehip and a subtle meaty edge.  This is fluid and flowing on the palate and is a lovely glass of Yarra Valley pinot. GABRIELLE POY, PWS
    2021
    Pinot noir
    Australia
    506
  15. Dominique Portet Brut Rose LD NV
    Dominique Portet Brut Rose LD NV

    The grapes for this traditional-method sparkling came from two elevated vineyards (325m) in the Upper Yarra.The grapes are handpicked, gently pressed and fermented before going through secondary fermentation in bottle. The wine was then aged for two years in cool, temperature-controlled cellars, then disgorged and given a light dosage prior to release.

    This is a traditional method blend of 50% pinot noir, 30% chardonnay and 20% pinot meunier, all grown in the Yarra Valley. Held on lees for 2 years prior to disgorgement and a light dosage. A totally delicious and elegantly poised wine, with fresh red fruits of every description dancing around on the bouquet and palate alike, the finish harmonious. JAMES HALLIDAY

    NV
    Sparkling Wine
    Australia
    506
    Special Price $34.00 Regular Price $40.00
  16. Rising Yarra Valley Gamay 2020
    Rising Yarra Valley Gamay 2020

    Tom Belford makes the wines and this is part of the Sticks Crew out of the Yarra. That sort of combo means you are guaranteed quality, gluggablity and great value.

    A notable patch of Yarra Valley gamay here.

    Pretty, floral and red cherry/raspberry scented and flavoured red. Crisp, crunchy texture, bright, light, sour-edged fruit character, slightly nettle-y, leafy thing through the wine too. Blood orange flavours and acidity finish the wine. Neat and tidy, vibrant feeling lighter red, right on the edge of ripeness. MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front

    2017
    Gamay
    Australia
    506
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