Yering Station Chardonnay undergoes the same vilification as the label’s collectable reserve, but with different parcels of fruit from the winery’s historic vineyards. Fermented in barrel with toasty French oak at the backbone, this is a classic cool climate Chardonnay with ripe stone fruit aromas and citrus and white peach on the palate.
Yering Station makes wines that are the very definition of Yarra terroir. With a heritage that stretches back to 1838 (the year of Queen Victoria’s coronation), the winery is considered one of the region’s most important. Its wines are benchmark expressions of just what the Yarra can do.
"Identical vinification to the Reserve except Selectiv'-harvested and hand-picked, and 20% new oak. The complexity comes from the fruit and the vintage, not oak (which is integrated) or other sources, and has a long, balanced palate. Has obvious development potential, but not the power of the Reserve."
94 points, Wine Companion (February 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.