One of three wines from Yarra Yering featured in the original 1990 Langton’s Classification, Dry Red No. 2 is recognised as the first Côte Rôtie style wine made by anyone in Australia. Its fruit is sourced from 1973 plantings of Shiraz, often backed by small amounts of Mataro, Marsanne and Viognier. A highly collectable and cellar-worthy offering from one of the cornerstone wineries of the Yarra Valley.
"Follows Bailey Carrodus's method of co-fermenting small amounts of viognier, marsanne adding floral notes, and mataro adding spice. It's another exquisite wine from '17, capturing all the senses immediately you assess the bouquet and palate. It's only just into medium-bodied territory, but it's mouthwatering in its intensity, red fruits flying high like a gaudy scarlet kite."
99 points, Wine Companion (January 2019)
"To get the pejoratives out of the way, oak is a little overt and the wine pulls up a little shorter than expected, but the shape, detail, complexity, personality, elevate the wine beyond those footnotes. Scents of dark cherry, woody spice, new leather, floral things, white pepper. Lovely fragrance. The palate shows fine, shapely tannin, a little gritty but holding the wine to a lithe medium weight. There’s flavoursome dark fruit characters, spice, earthy notes too. Indeed, the textural experience is superb, and I could dive into that long and true. It’s an excellent wine, full of interest."
95 points, The Wine Front (June 2019)
"Deepish red colour with a purple tint and a reserved bouquet of red and darker fruits, laced with subtle spices. A hint of oak char. It's medium to full-bodied and very elegant in the mouth, with fine-grained tannins and some appealing cinnamon nuances to the mixed spice aromatics. The wine has a refined, silky texture and glides through the mouth. Red cherry and raspberry fruit flavours predominate. It's not a big wine, but the aftertaste lingers on for a very long time. Outstanding! (Shiraz co-fermented with white grapes)"
97 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
"A firm and silky-tannined red that has such polish, richness and beauty. Lots of spice and fruit-tea character, as well as plums and berries. A blend of 95% shiraz, 3% mataro, 1% viognier and 1% marsanne."
96 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2019)
Yarra ValleyThe Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.