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Wines from Yarra Valley

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Yarra Yering 2008 Dry Red Wine No. 2 Shiraz-Viognier (Yarra Valley)

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Dry Red No. 2 is virtually all Shiraz, though small amounts of Viognier, Marsanne and Mataro are often included. The 2008 displays slightly vegetal shadings of capsicum and tomato that may prove controversial, but there’s ample cassis as well, rounded out by a cedar note. Its medium weight and delicate, silky texture combine to impart those ineffable qualities of…

 — J.C.  (2/1/2013)
93
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Yarra Yering 2007 Underhill Shiraz (Yarra Valley)

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Shiraz complexity in a glass: herbal, smoky and meaty, all tied together by a core of berryish fruit. This is classic cool-climate Shiraz, combining concentration and flavor intensity with medium body and barely perceptible tannins. It’s elegant and nuanced, never rich or heavy, with a long finish. Drink now-2025.

 — J.C.  (3/1/2010)
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Yering Station 1998 Reserve Shiraz (Yarra Valley)

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  1. $36

Displays a winning combination of cool climate and low yields in its rich, earthy, peppery aromas. There’s an undeniable herbal streak that adds complexity akin to some Northern Rhône Syrahs, supported by fleshy mulberry fruit. Finshes dusty and dry, but with a lush juiciness at the same time. Editors’ Choice. —J.C.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2002)
92
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Giant Steps 2012 Sexton Vineyard Chardonnay (Yarra Valley)

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The centerpiece of Phil Sexton’s current venture (he previously founded and sold both a brewery and a winery) is this single vineyard, from which he makes a Pinot Noir and this wine. The 2012 Chard is a bold yet elegant wine, filled with grilled pineapple and citrus fruit and framed by hints of toasted nuts, vanilla and graphite.

 — J.C.  (6/1/2015)
92
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Giant Steps 2011 Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay (Yarra Valley)

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Despite it’s modest reported alcohol level, this is a plush, rounded example of Chardonnay, loaded with fruit. A whiff of woodsmoke frames pineapple and mango, adding complexity while still allowing the tropical notes to shine through. Drink now–2017.

 — J.C.  (3/1/2015)
92
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Luke Lambert 2010 Syrah (Yarra Valley)

  1. $69

This wine reflects Yarra Valley’s relatively cool climate in its gently herbal and spicy demeanor. Anise and pepper accent the blueberry fruit in this medium-bodied offering that was 60% whole-bunch fermented, all by indigenous yeasts. There’s a bit of creaminess to the texture, but little in the way of overt oak notes, and a long, silky finish. It’s a wine to…

 — J.C.  (9/1/2013)
92
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Yarra Yering 2007 Dry Red Wine No. 1 (Yarra Valley)

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  1. $75

A Yarra Valley classic, Dry Red No. 1 is a Bordeaux-style blend marked by its restrained alcohol levels yet potent flavors. The 2007 features scents of tobacco, vanilla and cassis, with a hint of tomato emerging on the palate. It’s medium-bodied, with a long finish that finishes with firm but silky tannins and lip-smacking cassis. Approachable now, but should age…

 — J.C.  (12/31/2010)
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Strathewen Hills 2004 Tribal Elder Shiraz (Yarra Valley)

  1. $70

Smoky and meaty, this is aggressively savory in style, but really evolves with air to show a gentler, raspberry-fruited side accented by dried spices. It’s medium- to full- bodied, with a slightly creamy texture and silky, mouthwatering finish. Terrific cool-climate Shiraz.

 — J.C.  (12/1/2008)
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