Always the most overtly structured of the Yeringberg offerings, the 2018 vintage Shiraz has a tannic presence rarely seen in Australia. Medium bodied, tightly wound, and needing vigorous coaxing, when it does finally appear, the intensity of entry is worth the wait. Gripping the mouth with firm, coating tannins offering red fruits, blueberry, lavender, camphor, camphor and tobacco. This is not all about the fruit. Texture and savoury flavours are wrapped tightly together, almost tussling, but the richness of fruit is evident and becomes more overt the longer the wine is left. Put this beauty away for at least 10 years or so, if you can. Waters Wine Co.
Shiraz 97%, Viognier 3%. The depth and character of the fruit that our Shiraz vineyard is now producing is a delight to see. Subtle, savoury and deep set, the 2018 Shiraz offers aromas of blueberry, black pepper and dark cherry, building weight and presence as it unfurls, with complex notes of bay, thyme, salumi and liquorice. At the same time, there’s a freshness that wraps itself around the core of deep fruit, giving real lift and vibrancy to the perfume. The palate is immediately bright and energetic, with weight and richness too, savoury, subtle yet deeply concentrated, tightly wound and finely structured. Tasted over a couple of weeks, this is a wine that just keeps on evolving, so while it’s wonderful now, we’re equally confident it’ll provide drinking pleasure for many years to come. – Sandra de Pury, Yeringberg