With twenty year-old dryland cabernets vines at its disposal, Yarra Yarra is making some of the most sophisticated and seamless wines from red Bordeaux varieties in the Yarra Velley. It enjoyed a signature vintage in 1995 and in 2000 has prodced its best vintage since then, especially with its flagship red, "The Yarra Yarra". In weight and structure, this wine lies between Mount Mary Quintet and the Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. A little more wild and 'funky' than either, there's a suggestion of wet earth and animal hide behind its deep flavours of dark black and red berries, while the hints of cedar and tabacco reflect classic cool climate cabernet. Its chocolate/vanilla oak is assertive but integrated, and a significant component was clearly new. Long and silky, it is beautifully ripened, with intense small berry flavours tightly intermeshed with velvet tannis.
19.0 / 20 points.
Jeremy Oliver's Australian Wine Annual 2004
VIC- Yarra Valley
Wine Red - Cabernet blend