Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Barbera Mourvèdre Merlot Malbec PetitVe Yarra Valley Victoria
Vintage 2008 holds significant historical value, the last time that Dr Carrodus directed winemaking at Yarra Yering. The year produced rich and generous wines, they show great ageing potential and will be a fitting legacy to the founder of the estate. Gruyere is crafted to be varietally incidental, the actual cepage of fruit is of less importance than the overall structure, balance and presence of the wine. Although it bears the name of its particular sub region of the Yarra Valley, all components are sourced from the distinguished Yarra Yering vineyard.
Dr Bailey Carrodus was ideally qualified to become a great vigneron. A degree in botany, another in winemaking and a doctorate earned at Oxford for research into plant physiology, combined with a passion for great wine and a fiercely independent mind, equipped him well. In 1969 after a long search for the perfect site, Carrodus planted twelve hectares of vine at the foot of the Warramate Hills near the town of Gruyere. He named his vineyard Yarra Yering and in 1973 produced the first commercial wine made in the Yarra Valley since 1921 Gruyere is vinified from Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, Barbera and Mourvedre, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot grown to younger vines on the Yarra Yering property.
Dark scarlet colour. Appealing, lifted red fruit and spice aromas interplay with underlying blackcurrant and aniseed which lead into a lush vibrant palate of weight, length and mouthfilling juiciness. Made in the more savoury Yarra Yering style, structured and textural, a palate of class and finesse, affording immediate approachability and generosity as compared to the powerful estate flagships.