Côte-Rôtie; watch out!



Some wines just leave you with an urge to tell the world about its existence. No. 2 is one of those wines. For a while I was considering doing a more extensive piece on Yarra Yering but then I found Alder Yarrow’s eminent article on Dr. Bailey Carrodus – hence no need to even try writing something similar! I mean, the man has been there!

Shortly though – for those not yet initiated in the world of Yarra Yering – In 1969 Dr Bailey Carrodus founded Yarra Yering near Coldstream in the Yarra Valley, Victoria. Bailey Carrodus strived for classic wines with elegance, using Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah to mention the most important. Dr. Bailey used no
irrigation and was also keen on keeping the soil characteristics – the opposite of the Aussie trend during the 1960’s in which soil character was adjusted. Hence, the Yarra Yering wines from the cool Yarra Valley are wines with a mineral feel to them.

Especially one shows great place of origin character, the No.2 Dry Red – a blend of Syrah, Viognier and Marsanne. Carrodus created the wine with a Côte-Rôtie as a reference but the wine has developed into its very own unique and great wine, although it is very easy taking it for a Rhone wine! The exact proportions of each blend are never revealed but knowing Bailey the proportions were likely as in Côte-Rôtie – up to 8-10% involvment of green grapes at its most.

The 2006 Dry Red No.2 Shiraz can compete with most reference wines from Côte-Rôtie and in
many cases surpass them. Decanted for several hours it first showed its true greatness and just awakened complexity on the second day! Dark impressive color. Wonderful nose with perfumed aromas of violet and roses, meat, red berries and dark cherry. Dusty summer road and impressively integrated oak. It’s sexy, seductive and mind blowing! One of those wines you want to sniff, and sniff, and sniff – never wanting it to end.

On the palate, a bit restrained but with mouthwatering fruit, compact yet silky tannins, violets, sweet licorice, cherries and a touch of currants. An utter joy to taste and drink with enourmos length and potential. A keeper which probably will keep for 10-15 years and evolve.

(2006 Dry Red No.2 Shiraz, Yarra Yering, Yarra Valley, Victoria, 94+ points)

The plus for a potentially even better wine in 5-10 years.

P.S.2. Bailey Carrodus passed away quite recently and the property has now been sold.

Where do you live? The Yarra Yering wines are offered in UK at BBR and few Côte-Rôtie’s can match the price and sheer world class. Also, AG Wines offer the Dry Red No. 2. For Danish readers it can be purchased at Laudrup Vin. Otherwise contact Yarra Yering for importers.