Deep red/purple; superb colour. Vanilla, spice and blackberry aromas, ripe and true. A trace of briar. Sweetly ripe, lush blackberry flavour, but complex, too: a superb wine of great length and style. Wonderful. The ripeness level is higher than usual, and it shows. Not a typical Yeringberg, but excellent. Drink to 2034. 95 points, The Real Review (10/2013).
A clean, pure, classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon/CabernetFranc/Merlot/ Malbec; a beautiful mix of blackcurrant and cassis fruit, with fine, ripe tannins and classy oak. 94 points, Wine Companion (1/2007).
The 2004 Yeringberg Cabernet is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%), Cabernet Franc (14%), Merlot (10%), Malbec (4%) and Petit Verdot (2%). Despite being the flagship wine, this wine only sees 34% new oak –- blessed be it so -– for nearly two years. Like a lot of fine Cabernet, this wine is built on a refreshing backbone of acidity, flavours and fragrances of pencils, earth, leaf matter, blueberry and violets. It finishes tangy and fresh, and comes across as beautifully balanced, despite its 14% alcohol. Tannins are grapey and velvet-soft, though the structure is certain. Yarra Valley Cabernet of this ilk is built to last... Drink to 2020. 94 points, Wine Front (3/2007).
Violet-like perfume of fresh blackberries, raspberries and sweet cedar/vanilla oak reveals a slightly meaty complexity. Smooth, supple and vibrant, its elegant but quite succulent and juicy palate of plums and dark cherries, mulberries and cassis is framed by supple and powdery tannin. There's just a hint of under and over-ripeness, with herbal undertones and some suggestions of jamminess, but this finely crafted wine has plenty to offer. 93 points, jeremyoliver.com (6/2006).
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.