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.
Langton’s Selections Seville Estate Old Vine Reserve Shiraz Dr. Peter McMahon, who shared a medical practice with Dr. John Middleton of Mount Mary fame, established Seville Estate. The winery was sold to Brokenwood in 1997 but it has once again changed hands in 2005. However, the winemaker is Dr. Peter McMahon’s grandson Dylan McMahon. The vineyards are located at the southern end of the Yarra Valley on very red volcanic soils over clay. The vineyards are quite vigorous, although viticultural management encourages low yields. Seville Estate Shiraz – their only wine with any secondary market presence – is a more restrained style, with a highly defined fruit profile, texture and balance, underscored by the vanillin flavours of American oak. Seville Estate Old Vine Reserve Shiraz, Old Vine Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Old Vine Pinot Noir are the current flagships. The range follows the contemporary idea of having a three tiered product offering. Seville Estate only has a nominal presence on the secondary market. Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's