Experience the pinnacle of cool climate Chardonnay. Buy a dozen of the 2018 Yering Station Chardonnay, and we’ll upgrade the 12th bottle to the 2017 Yering Station Reserve Chardonnay, a flagship made only in the very best years. You’ll save 30% and enjoy free shipping.
Yering Station is the site of the first vineyard planted in the state of Victoria back in 1838 (the year of Queen Victoria’s coronation). The very definition of Yarra Valley terroir, its wines are benchmark expressions of just what the Yarra can do. And the 2018 Chardonnay does this with quiet confidence. A mineral backbone, a palate of intense citrus, and with a palate length that stretches almost as far as Yering Station’s rich history.
Your bonus is the 2017 Yering Station Reserve Chardonnay, from a vintage considered one of the best in two decades. Handpicked grapes from two sites in Coldstream and the Yarra Valley floor come together to create a nuanced Chardonnay that holds plenty of promise as it ages. Cream and smoke, pastry and baked orchard fruit, this is one to cellar and savour.
Hand-picked, Mendoza and P58 clones, whole-bunch pressed, wild-fermented in French oak (25% new), matured for 11 months. Intense and mouthfilling, with white peach and grapefruit doing the heavy lifting. The finish is particularly impressive, likewise the aftertaste.
97 points, Wine Companion (July 2019)
Light to mid-yellow-straw colour, with an aroma of lightly-toasted almond, a little smokiness and some charcuterie-like complexity. The wine is delicate on the tongue and super-refined. A cleaner style of chardonnay. Refreshing. This is a wine of real finesse. Lovely, and it will certainly reward even short-term cellaring. Will probably rate higher with a little more time.
96 points, The Real Review (September 2019)
Tightly coiled, just hinting at how this might unfurl in time. A savouriness overall, yet hints of lemon balm, grapefruit, flinty with perky acidity, so this is quite moreish. Oak adds an extra dimension and is seamlessly integrated.
95 points, Wine Companion (October 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.