While I didn’t get much time to look at these new releases from Yarra Valley’s Yeringberg, it was a pleasure to check in with wines that I really like. Sandra De Pury was doing the pouring as well. Would have loved to stay for a better chat.
Talking about these ’14 releases, Sandra believes it was a ‘normal’ vintage. The crap weather during flowering, however, means that yields were lower than normal – although it wasn’t uniform across the varieties. Style-wise Sandra thinks these sit somewhere between the classic ’12s and the more robust ’13s.
Yeringberg Viognier 2014
Historically, Yeringberg has picked a portion of this early and another portion ‘late’ in a bid for complexity, although the ‘late’ portion is now larger (1/3 of the blend) which Sandra believes helps flavour. This ’14 has lovely varietal expression too – it’s full, but the acid is chalky and fine. A lovely balance of flavours, with the stonefruit giving weight, complete with hints of ginger. Standout Viognier. Best drinking: 2017-2021. 18/20, 93/100.
Yeringberg Shiraz 2014
A bony and peppery wine this vintage; a real cool climate Shiraz. My only question is whether is it too bitter and minty, the edge tending towards hardness. Vitality here, but it needs a little time to overcome that minty slightly hard edge. Best drinking: 2019-2030. 17.5/20, 91/100+
Yeringberg Yeringberg 2014
Awfully classic. An elegant, mid weight style with pencil shavings, lots of acid and a faint leafy edge. There’s more of that slightly divisive bitterness on the back end, but the persistence is excellent. Embryonic, but greatness beckons (ie important plus signs). Best drinking: 2021-2034. 18/20, 93/100+