95 Points -
Yarrabank has been a long time favourite sparkling wine of ours, consistently delivering an exceptional example of vintage Australian sparkling wine. Made through a joint venture between Champagne Veuve A. Devaux and the highly regarded Yering Station of the Yarra Valley.
The 2015 Yarrabank Cuvee Brut Sparkling is made in the 'Methode Traditionnelle' and it's clear to see the French influence here. Aromas of citrus apple and bread-dough leads into a complex palate displaying zesty cool-climate fruit, creaminess and subtle yeast influence. An Australian vintage sparkling wine of the highest quality, this is well deserving of its position among the top echelon of local examples.
"95 Points. The 2015 Yarrabank Cuvée is a blend of 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay all sourced from Wombat Creek, one of the higher elevations in the Yarra Valley and that extra layer of finesse and freshness is always a bonus in sparkling wine. Released under the careful eye of new Senior Winemaker Brendan Hawker, returned to Yering after other wine adventures. Tiraged in November 2015 with only 3g/l dosage, this is decadence itself. Sumptuous flavours of dark chocolate, quince, red apples and kumquats are all wrapped up in a nutty blanket of smooth, fine bubbles, finishing smoky and rich. On the palate, the flavours offer a soft fruitiness of peaches that have been poached in vanilla, star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg but at no point do these rich and complex flavours become overwhelming of the freshness and acidity that bring backbone and structure to the wine."- Curly Haslam-Coates, The Wine Front.
Victoria's first vineyard, Yering Station, is located in the 'heart' of the Yarra Valley only one hours drive from Melbourne. Yering Station is renowned for producing award-winning wines of world-class quality and distinction. Set in a stunning location with breathtaking views, beautifully kept gardens and dramatic architecture, Yering Station aims to offer a holistic wine and food experience.
Yering Station continue to produce some of Australia's leading wines; with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon always among the standout varieties made at Yering Station. An exciting component of Yering Station is the Yarrabank sparkling wine. Made in the Traditional Method, Yarrabank is now recognised as one of Australia’s top sparkling wine labels.
Signed as a joint venture in 1996 between Yering Station and the Champagne House Devaux, the Yarrabank partnership combines the best in knowledge and expertise with the exceptional quality of cool climate vineyards.
Each year winemakers from Devaux travel to Australia to assist with assemblage, whilst Yering Station winemakers continue to travel to Champagne for September vintage to gain long established sparkling wine education and understanding.
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