About This Wine
The vineyard is planted approximately 60% Marsanne and 40% Roussanne. The Marsanne was planted in 1973 with a clone from Gol Gol. The Roussanne was planted in 1983-85 with the first cuttings brought into Australia via CSIRO Merbein. Generally the Marsanne is picked a week or 10 days before the Roussanne, so they are fermented separately. The fruit is crushed, destemmed and basket pressed. The fermentations are mostly completed in tank, and then the wine is racked to old hogsheads for 8-9 months. There is no new wood and no MLF. No fining. Limited lees stirring in recent years.
Yarra Valley Wine
The Yarra Valley wine region is the most important area of wine production in Victoria today, and with its proximity to Melbourne, also the most visited in the state.
Yarra Valley is split into the Upper Yarra and the valley floor. The Upper Yarra is cooler in climate due to its elevation and coupled with younger, fertile, red soils produces most of the region’s notable varietals: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The valley floor is warmer and has predominantly grey soils with pockets of granite and limestone.
Pinot noir has long been considered a notoriously difficult variety to grow. However, the cool climate and longer growing seasons of the Yarra Valley allow the fruit to develop full flavoured and ripe character.
Chardonnay in the past has long been associated with a deep oily, buttery style that experiences full malolactic fermentation and great amounts of oak. This style has since fallen out of favour and wine makers in the Yarra Valley have capitalized on this trend to produce leaner, acid driven Chardonnays that are closer in style to those from Burgundy.
James Halliday – 59/41%, crushed and destemmed, fermented in French oak, as are all the Yeringberg white wines, but with a relatively small percentage of new barrels. Barrel ferment and the synergy between the two varieties, neither of which are aromatic, give the wine its mouthfeel and flavours, all of which will continue to grow for 20 years or more. 95 points. James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion