Yarra Yering Pinot Noir 2018

The low-yielding, unirrigated vineyards have always produced wines of extraordinary depth and intensity. JAMES HALLIDAY

Amazing vineyard, winemaker sensitive to site having settled in, vineyard being tweaked and finessed. MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front 2020

It would be fair to say that the band of Yarra Valley pioneers – Yarra Yering, Mount Mary, Yeringberg and Wantirna Estate – are all in terrific form. CAMPBELL MATTINSON

Sarah Crowe was appointed winemaker after the ’13 vintage. She has made red wines of the highest imaginable quality right from her first vintage in ’14, and to the delight of many, myself included, has offered all the wines with screwcaps. For good measure, she introduced the ’14 Light Dry Red Pinot Shiraz as a foretaste of that vintage, and an affirmation of the exceptional talent recognised by her being named Winemaker of the Year in the Wine Companion. JAMES HALLIDAY

The rise and rise of Sarah Crowe is writ large in her work at Yarra Yering, where she has made innovation a keystone, as well as carrying on the legacy of this significant producer. MIKE BENNIE

I know, sometimes I sound like a broken record when I send out emails like this. It is more a factor of the wines I get to talk about than my tendency towards hyperbolic statements. So, Sarah Crowe, one of the best winemakers in Australia? 100%! It isn’t just me, everyone agrees, and the awards keep piling high to back it up.

When Sarah took over the reins at Yarra Yering I don’t know what everyone expected. I guess when you become involved in an estate as iconic and lauded as Yarra Yering then people will scrutinise everything you do and every choice you make. Whatever questions over the direction and quality of the estate there may have been under her stewardship were instantly dismissed from her first release.

Today the wines of Yarra Yering have never been better. The ever thoughtful and determined winemaker continues to refine the style, not reinventing the wheel just improving on things and coaxing the most from one of the Valley’s most prestigious plots of land.

I try and get out to taste with Sarah at least once a year, often more, and I think she views me as something of a serial nuisance, to explore the development of her wines during their elevage and to listen to her candid and upfront views on the wines and the season in general. I always leave feeling like I have tasted something special and learned a lot about the season. Sarah really is a gift to the Australian wine scene and her time at Yarra Yering, so far, has yielded some of the region’s most remarkable wines in any given vintage.

That brings me to this wine. Tomorrow is the annual Spring Release for YY and while everything produced is excellent here, I think it is the Pinot that has really gained the most ground in recent vintages. Today it’s as slick and polished an expression of Yarra Pinot as you are likely to find anywhere. I think the reviews for the wine speak for themselves.