Yarra Valley is predominantly planted with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The moderate climate offers long consistent ripening, allowing the acidity to build consistently without heat spikes to bake the fruit and drive up sugar levels. This is why you find these Burgundian varietals planted in areas like Okanagan, Oregon, and cooler areas of New Zealand and Australia. The high elevation (up to 500 meters) is one of the factors that the Yarra Valley is one of Australlia's coolest wine regions. Yarra Valley is also rather close to Melbourne, only an hour drive. Proximity to the major centre brings lots of local wine tourism to the area. Yarra Valley is located in the state of Victoria, and home to the first vineyard plantings in the region. In 1838 the first vines were planted at Yering Station, in the 'heart' of the Yarra Valley. Today, the Rathbone Family owns and operates the Yering Station property. Chill to 16 degrees Celsius and allow to warm slightly in your glass as you enjoy! Drink over the next two years.
Clean and light, the wine is fairly translucent. In the glass, the wine is crimson, the colour of ripened fuji apples.
We featured the 2008 Little Yering several years ago and compared our notes. The nose is fairly consistent, with notes of frehsly picked strawberry, raspberry and even some red licorice. The current vintage is a little more restrained and has light notes of violets.
We find great acidity and fresh red fruits up front. This is a light bodied and delicate Pinot, but not wimpy or simple. There is finesse and restraint that emphasizes the elegance of the fruit. Soft tannins with only 9 months in neutral oak. Raspberry and strawberry from the nose through the palate to a moderate, clean finish.
Over the holidays, this wine will be ideal with pork tenderloin or duck and redcurrant sauce.