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Thursday, November 03, 2011

2004 Yarra Yering Pinot Noir

This wine is quite honestly one of the best Pinot's I have ever tasted. Never mind the fact that it's from Australia, it just flat out competes with the best producers of Pinot Noir in the world. Here's a little snippet of history that I copied from their website:


"Wine was grown in Victoria's Yarra Valley from the mid 1800's through to the 1920’s and was a principal export of the new colony. The industry was halted in the 1920’s by the economics of the day, changing tastes and the high price of wool. 
It would need a visionary to re-establish winemaking in the Yarra Valley and in 1969 one came along. Dr Bailey Carrodus was ideally qualified to become a great vigneron. A degree in botany, another in winemaking and a doctorate earned at Oxford for research into plant physiology, combined with a passion for great wine, a love of food and art, and a fiercely independent mind equipped him well.
In 1969 after a long search for the perfect site Dr Carrodus planted 12 hectares of vines at the foot of the Warramate Hills.
 The gentle slope with its northerly aspect and deep grey silty loam shot through with bands of gravel fulfilled all of his requirements. Good drainage, all day exposure to the warm sun, and enough elevation from the valley floor to avoid the spring frosts. He named his vineyard Yarra Yering and in 1973 produced his first vintage of Dry Red Wine No’s 1 & 2." - yarrayering.com


The color of this wine is a very light red that has faded to a soft pink-brick color around the edges of the glass. The wine is also a bit cloudy and suggested that it was unfiltered and unfined.

On the nose the wine exhibits beautiful and complex aromas of stewed cherry, red plum, sandalwood, mineral, loam, cranberry, orange peel, baking spices, and some very interesting game meat notes.

On the palate the wine displays a glorious and luscious texture, sharp acidity, and extraordinary length. Flavors of earthy red raspberry, bing cherry, mineral, earth, tobacco, tea berry, plum, and just a hint of saddle leather touch down on the palate with a soft and elegant refinement.

Ok, lets cut the bullshit.....the wine is absolutely delicious and I've only ever seen complexity and such impeccable balance with the upper echelon of France's Burgundy region. 96 points

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