Yeringberg ‘Yeringberg’ Bordeaux blend 2021

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Region: Yarra Valley
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc
First Glance:  Lifted aromatics, medium claret, complex
Acclaim: 95pts

The Wine:
Yeringberg is one of the oldest and finest producers in the Yarra Valley, and the de Pury family have been growing grapes and fruit, as well as raising lamb and cattle, on their Coldstream hill since 1863. Today the estate is lead by the talented, and thoroughly down to earth, Sandra de Pury. The operation is remarkably old fashioned, with a hands on effort in the vineyard and a low-tech approach in the cellar, under the old wooden winery building. These are some of the most honest, detailed and delightfully under-stated wines coming out of the valley.

2021 was a memorable vintage, a wringing wet start during winter and spring, thankfully followed by mild growing season. Flowering was good; ripening long and dry. Picked in two passes for freshness and depth of flavour. The result is ripe fruit and tannins with only moderate alcohol levels.

The Cabernet blend, also referred to simply as the 'Yeringberg', is 'supposedly the top wine we make', as Sandra states with a smirk. In truth, she doesn't really differentiate in the care put into the different wines in the range, or fuss over the perceived prestige one cuvee might hold over the others. The fruit is all hand-picked, and carefully sorted. The grapes are destemmed and crushed, and fermented in small open-top tanks and hand plunged. Extended maceration. The wine was aged in French oak barriques about 35% new.

The Review:
Gary Walsh - 95pts
"58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 14% Malbec, 9% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Vines planted 1969-2000. 35% new oak.

Red and blue fruit, blonde tobacco and cedar, honey baked ham, some floral and mint perfume. It’s medium-bodied, svelte and red fruited, with a savoury cedar and tobacco edge, fine grained tannin, again that vaguely honey/floral thing, with a strawberry and cocoa powder finish of excellent length. A discreet ‘claret’ style, and certain to reward with requisite bottle age."