In a nutshell: A classic Bordeaux blend from Australia's Yarra Valley.
The lowdown: One of the first wines on which Yarra Yering's formidable reputation was built is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon with some Merlot, Malbec and a little Petit Verdot - very much a left bank claret mix. On the nose there is herbal mint and ripe blackcurrent aromas while the palate has a very moreish array of sweet ripe fruits with a slight earthiness giving it an appealing complexity.
When to drink: Always a wonderful down-under claret-style blend this will be great drinking until at least 2030.
In 1969 Dr Bailey Carrodus began what was to become Yarra Yering with his first plantings at a site he considered ideal for viticulture at the foot of the Warramate Hills in the Yarra Valley east of Melbourne.
Dr Carrodus was a highly respected plant physiologist at Queens College Oxford, before returing to Australia and, among other things, looking for a suitable vineyard site to cultivate as a retirement occupation. However, his wines, led by the Dry Red No.1 and Dry Red No.2 rapidly gained an international reputation.
After the death of Bailey Carrodus in 2008 the vineyard was acquired by two businessmen, both Yarra Yering fans, with the objective to continue operating the vineyard in the same manner. Still often cited among the best Yarra Valley vineyards Dr Carrodus' tradition is being continued by current winemaker Sarah Crowe whose focus on delivering high quality wines remains undimmed. In 2017 Sarah was the first woman to be names 'Winemaker of the Year' at Australia's prestigious Halliday Wine Companion Awards.