Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2017 | 95 points of Aussie Goodness
Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2017 presents a dark purple-black center with purple violet rim. First, the nose releases dark tones of blackberry, black cherry, and dried blueberry. While in the background, there are dried herbs, crushed flower petals, and cracked pepper. There is really nice integration on the palate, with varietal character showing the Northern Rhône co-fermentation technique started in Côte-Rôtie, and a perfect application of moderate French oak. Pretty aromatic lift, nice complexity, and a long spicy finish. Drink now – 2030.
95JH | Co-fermented with 3% viognier. Destemmed cold-soaked berries, open-fermented, 18 months in French barriques, 32% new. While the cool Yarra vintage has accentuated the attractive spice this wine always displays, the plum and blackberry fruit providing the flesh and sweetness. So velvety in texture, it flows seamlessly along the palate with fine, ripe tannin in escort.
Rare Prize | Oft-sold-out Blockbuster
So, few wineries evoke the glory of Yarra Valley like Yering Station. A historical treasure, being a 180-year-old Victoria institution lauded by Vinous as among the “all-star line-up of Australian producers. Yet, boasting a world-class Pinot Noir that’s landed on Wine Spectator’s Top 100.
But one rare prize from this estate has eluded a number of collectors and Australian enthusiasts, due to its scarcity and demand: the oft-sold-out blockbuster Shiraz-Viognier bottling. Of course, Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2016 being a cuvée that’s “rapidly becoming a favorite” according to Wine Enthusiast. While combining dark fruit muscularity and tannic elegance with absolute finesse.
About Yering Station | Winemaker Willy Lynn
Yering Station’s history begins in 1834, when two Scottish brothers ventured into the territory, planting the first-ever vineyard in Victoria and keeping the land’s Aboriginal name. Swiss winemaker Paul de Castella took over the property in the 1850s and became the region’s viticultural pioneer, earning international success with a Grand Prix award at the Universal Exhibition in Paris back in 1889.
So, our friend, winemaker Willy Lunn, keeps this estate’s incredible legacy alive. While we first met back when he was at the top Willamette Valley winery Argyle. Now, he’s become a star of Australian viticulture in his own right and one of its best-known cool-climate specialists. Kudos for the Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2016.