Yabby Lake Single Vineyard 2019 Offer
|The arrival (to Yabby Lake) of the hugely talented Tom Carson as group winemaker in 2008 added lustre to the winery and its wines, making the first Jimmy Watson Trophy–winning pinot noir in 2014 and continuing to blitz the Australian wine show circuit with single block pinot noirs. JAMES HALLIDAY, winecompanion.com
They are modern wines of precision and beauty. HUON HOOKE, realreview.com
The aromatic finesse of top Australian Pinot is often remarkable, as is the purity of the fruit profile. Most of the wines are elegant and poised, though sometimes there is a slightly drying, sinewy thrust at the end of the palate (not in the Yabby Lake wines: the ripe sub-regional style, embraced rather than repressed by Tom Carson, gives them palate-long voluptuousness). ANDREW JEFFORD, decanter.com
Wine is an agricultural product, it plays the hand nature deals. So when a minuscule vintage like 2019 comes around and there isn’t enough juice to bottle the top wines (including a former Jimmy Watson winner), then you declassify and bolster the tier below – and hide the books. This is what happened to the 2019 vintage at premium producers Yabby Lake. Both the Single Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot are delicious renditions of their former selves.
All the fruit from their top single block wines were added to their Single Vineyard Pinot and Chardonnay, and it clearly shows. These wines carry a little excess baggage, minus the fee.
Both the Single Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot encapsulate the greatness of Mornington. The Pinot is fleshy yet fine and delineated. Smokey and sappy tones accentuate the savoury highlights, while the fine framing tannins form a silken tail to finish. The Chardonnay is lithely and vibrant. Crunchy white stone fruits and pithy citrus flavours intermingle with smokey and saline tones. There’s great dimension to this white.
Yabby Lake are savvy Mornington producers, intent on bringing the purity of their wines to the fore. Based in Moorooduc since the late ’90s, their winemaking and vineyard team combined are a wealth of knowledge with a like-minded pursuit of purity and expression. Maps of the vineyard break down the soils, slope aspects, planting densities and clones. A superhuman effort has gone into understanding their vineyards and how can they make them better. They’re currently in conversion to organic farming.
Leading the charge is winemaker Tom Carson, a gifted wine mind who is focussed on quality and obsessed with detail. Clever Carson has a swag of accomplishments, including the Jimmy Watson Trophy in 2014 for one of the Single Block Pinot (which has gone into this Pinot) – the first time a pinot had won in 52 years! He’s also a Burgundy nut and has studied all the intricacies of what makes a great Chardonnay and Pinot.
On offer today are two wines, the Single Vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. These are amongst the best wines we’ve seen coming from the riper and compact vintage of 2019. They’re fresh and filigreed with cores of delicious fruit to anchor them. And with no Single Vineyard wines being made in 2020, here’s your chance to secure some of the Peninsula’s best.
We’re offering 15% of single bottles or 20% on a 6 Pack straight buy. For those wanting to dip their toes, you can grab 3 of each for $299.