2017 Yarra Yering "Dry Red No.1" Bordeaux Blend Yarra Valley

SKU #1683292 98 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark A classic blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot, 8% malbec and 4% petit verdot. Hand-picked and sorted, crushed and destemmed, open-fermented, on skins for up to a month, matured for 12 months in French oak (35% new). This is the serious side of '17. The aromas and flavours are still fresh and vibrant, but the palate, in particular, brooks no argument: this is a wine for protracted cellaring to allow the whipcord-tight structure to relax its grip. *Gold* Inner quote mark (6/2021)

97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is complex and very rich with sliced berries, spices and flowers throughout. Full-bodied. Very soft and fine tannins on the palate. Long and flavorful finish. Extremely balanced and refined. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

97 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark I collect this wine each vintage. I believe it's one of the great Cabernet blends in Australia, driven in no small way by the deft hand and precise palate of winemaker Sarah Crowe. It's the handling of tannin and the way the fruit has a luminous vitality (in sync with those tannins) that make it great. So, this 2017 Dry Red No 1 is everything I have just explained. It's alive in the glass, and after recently completing a vertical tasting of these wines back to 2013 (a small window I know), it is clear to me that these wines remain a precious part of Australia's wine story. They are SO YARRA . . . in the best possible way. (EL) 97+ Inner quote mark (11/2022)

94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Dark ruby. Pungent cherry, dark berry, pipe tobacco, vanilla and candied rose aromas, along with an oak spice nuance. Vibrant and sharply delineated on the palate, displaying concentrated black currant, bitter cherry, floral pastille and succulent herb flavors that turn sweeter with aeration. Shows strong tenacity on the floral-accented finish, which is framed by youthfully gripping tannins. (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2022)

Price: $99.99

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