Chardonnay Yarra Valley Victoria
One of Victoria's, indeed the nation's, first ever Chardonnay, the ancient plots at Yering Station are still producing grapes which form the backbone to some of the most enduring Yarra Valley vintages. There are a number of Yering Station editions of Chardonnay each year, even within the precious old vineyards there are unique individual microclimes, determining each parcel's eligibility for inclusion. Priority is given to limiting yields, thereby optimising flavour. A rich course of wild yeast oak barrel ferments achieves a big, golden Chardonnay wine.
Yering Station Chardonnay showed extremely well at Paris Wine Exhibitions of the 1800s. William Ryrie pioneered grape growing in Victoria circa 1838, planting the first vines at Yering Station. The historic Old Winery Building originally housed some very advanced winemaking equipment imported from France. Today's Yering Station is vinified from parcels of hand picked fruit, off a mixture of clones P58, 76, 95 and Mendoza, up to thirty years of age, planted to grey loam over yellow clay soils, trained to trellis VSP. Inoculated to a mix of wild and cultured yeasts, barrel fermented for a fortnight and matured nine months in new and seasoned, 228 & 500 litres French oak barrels.
Light field straw hues. Intense mixture of white peaches and pear coupled with a creamy barrel ferment nuttiness. Fresh and inviting, a citrus backbone provides support for the fresh stone fruits. The underlying vanillin oak adds complexity bringing a pure centre and finishing with a fine line. Match to whiting caprice or an asparagus and chicken caesar.