Category: Yarra Valley

This is from the Yarra Valley in Victoria and is a blend of 81% Chardonnay, 14% Viognier and 5% Sauvignon Blanc. There is also a “Red Hat” blend that I didn’t get the chance to try. The marketing angle is quite clever with the two wines in the range easily identifiable and a link to […]

In November of last year a tasting was held to compare two of Australia’s most prominent Cabernet Sauvignons. It was expected that we would see two very different styles of Cabernet with the family owned Mount Mary from the cool Yarra Valley in Victoria and the corporate giant Southcorp owned, Penfolds 707 Cabernet from the […]

Sealed in screwcap, 13.2% alcohol. Smoky red cherry, mocha, raspberry, a touch of stalk and some cedar in the background of the nose. The palate shows a lovely balance between savoury elements and fruit sweetness. A medium level of flavour intensity with well integrated tannins and acid leading into a lingering finish. I think it […]

To balance the night of French legends that I spoke of in the last post – it was decided that we should come together again in early April to have a dinner that would be a tribute to some great Australian wines. We gathered at Restaurant Atelier at Glebe – another restaurant with an excellent […]

Yering Station (Yarra Valley) – “Yarrabank” Sparkling 2001 – Yeasty nose with citrus, cherry, and some earth. Palate strikes an excellent acid balance that is crisp and refreshing while not being acid dominant. Good mouth-feel and good palate length. Ready to drink for my tastes, but should hold for a few years. 89/100 “E.D” Rosé […]

Yarraloch (Yarra Valley) – A brand new producer and based on their “Stephanie’s Dream” Chardonnay, one to watch out for. Wines are made by Sergio Carlei. “Stephanie’s Dream” Chardonnay 2004 – Lovely minerality, tight and focused but with good flavour intensity as well. Exhibits very good length. I really like this! It’s not a bargain […]

Shelmerdine (Heathcote / Yarra Valley) – “Merindoc” Shiraz 2004 – A barrel sample of the first release of this single vineyard Heathcote wine that was made by Sergei Carlei from Carlei estate. Inky black in colour – a big, brooding, powerful wine that at the same time shows some balance and class. This wine has […]

Punt Road (Yarra Valley) – “MVN” Chardonnay 2004 – Subdued oak that is dominated by the quality of the fruit. A little bit of flint and some funky spice. Has an elegant palate with focused power. Will benefit greatly from 2-3 additional years in bottle where it will take on some more complexity and open […]

Oakridge (Yarra Valley) – Chardonnay 2003 – Very buttery and oaky along with hints of squeezed lemon on the nose. Medium length and lacks complexity on the palate. 86/100 Sauvignon Blanc 2004 – Distinctive, powerful nose of herbs, spice and some sweat. Palate is medium bodied and reasonably crisp. 85/100 Pinot Gris 2005 – Very […]

Killara Park Estate (Yarra Valley) – Sauvignon Blanc 2005 – Freshly cut grass on the nose. Palate is medium intensity but thins out towards the finish. 85/100 Chardonnay 2004 – Nose was completely mute, couldn’t get anything from it. Rich, toasty and broad on the palate. 83/100