2016 Yarra Yering Dry Red No 1, Australia
The blend that Yarra Yering built its reputation on, this is classic claret in style and has been heavily praised by Jancis Robinson, who included it in her 1989 book of the world's top 40 wines. A classic Bordeaux blend being composed of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon with assistance from Merlot, Malbec and a sprinkling of Petit Verdot. Aged in 40% new French oak the wine the wine has all the balance and complexity of the finest Bordeaux wine with no apparent flavours from the wood. A stunning array of aromas - full of spice, pepper, dark berry fruit - that are matched by a similar spread of flavours on the palate. Much more delicate than you would expect it to be and more Bordeaux-esque than a classic Aussie Cabernet.