Monday, March 2, 2009

Yarra Yering Pinot Noir 2005

(as part of a fine wine tasting)

After tasting two fantastic whites, the aroma of this first red of the tasting hit me like a ton of bricks. A very, powerful, perfumed and (seemingly) alcoholic wine, it did have a noticeable "wow factor".

Supposedly made in the Burgundy style, it still had a little bit of that Pinot barnyard character that you get in new world Pinot Noir, but by no means was that a bad thing. Very concentated and perfumey on the palate. A very good wine. The food match this time was duck paté, but I wouldn't say it improved anything, the wine was brilliant on its own.

Yarra Yering apparently lost some vineyards to the recent bushfires, and it recently lost its founder, although the impact these events will have on future production is unclear.

Yarra Yering
Pinot Noir 2005
Yarra Valley, Australia
Oddbins Fine Wine Store (41a Farringdon Street , London)

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