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95 points: Rare $24 Shiraz That’s Eluded Most Collectors

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A Rare Prize That’s Eluded Most Collectors

Often sold out, Yering Station’s blockbuster Shiraz-Viognier combines dark fruit muscularity with elegance and technical finesse. 95 points from James Halliday and $19.99 on cases make this a dream Australian value.

Shiraz-Viognier Yarra Valley Victoria Australia 2016

Yering Station

Shiraz-Viognier Yarra Valley Victoria Australia

$23.99 1-11 bottles 20% off Buy Now
$19.99 12+ bottles 33% off Buy Now
Shipping included on any 6 bottles or $125.
95 pts

James Halliday

A Rare Value Catch from Victoria’s Grandmaster Estate

Few wineries evoke the glory of Yarra Valley like Yering Station, a 180-year-old Victoria institution lauded by Vinous as among the “all-star line-up of Australian producers” and boasting a world-class Pinot Noir that’s landed on Wine Spectator’s Top 100. 

But one rare prize from this estate has eluded a number of collectors and Australian enthusiasts, due to its scarcity and demand: the oft-sold-out blockbuster Shiraz-Viognier bottling, a cuvée that’s “rapidly becoming a favorite” according to Wine Enthusiast, combining dark fruit muscularity and tannic elegance with absolute finesse.

Today, thanks to our in with winemaker Willy Lunn, a friend since his Oregon days, we have the nation’s best price on this beautifully polished, deep, sophisticated Shiraz—just $19.99 on cases and $23.99 on bottles! With a powerful 95-point statement from Australian critic James Halliday, it’s frankly a steal even at the list price of $30. “Black cherry, plum and spice fill every corner of the mouth, the juicy display tempered by ripe but soft tannins and cedary oak,” raves Halliday.

At 33% off the list price—sold out at the winery—it’s a cut-and-dried deal, especially for those who have been following this august estate for decades, as we have.

Yering Station’s history begins in 1834, when two Scottish brothers ventured into the territory, planting the first-ever vineyard in Victoria and keeping the land’s Aboriginal name. Swiss winemaker Paul de Castella took over the property in the 1850s and became the region’s viticultural pioneer, earning international success with a Grand Prix award at the Universal Exhibition in Paris back in 1889.

Today, winemaker Willy Lunn, whom we first met back when he was at top Willamette Valley winery Argyle, keeps this estate’s incredible legacy alive. He’s become a star of Australian viticulture in his own right and one of its best-known cool-climate specialists. For this beloved cuvée, he co-ferments the Shiraz with 1.5% Viognier as opposed to blending afterward, allowing the two varieties to meld completely into one seamlessly integrated wine. There’s just enough French oak to hone the blackberry power to a glossy shine, sprinkled with spice and kissed with smoke.

Whether you’re a Yering Station devotee with a cellarful of past vintages or merely curious to see what a rising star like Willy Lunn can do with Australia’s favorite grape, the $19.99 case price makes this one a must-buy.

Wine Access Tasting Notes

Opaque purple-black center with a purple-pink rim. The nose unleashes gobs of warm smashed blackberry and spiced plum. The background is not shy either, showing a cracked pepper element with a kiss of smoke. While the profile is lively and youthful, the wine shows a considerable amount of sophistication, and just the right amount of moderate French oak (about 25% new). Everything is in its place, and there is a beautiful polish to the spicy finish of this wine. Drink now - 2029.

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Critic Reviews

95 pts
James Halliday

98.5% shiraz, 1.5% viognier open-fermented together, hand-plunged, held on skins for 15 days, matured in French oak (20% new) for 18 months. The symbiotic bond of shiraz and viognier is the foundation of the wine, even though the percentage of viognier is slight, lifting both the flavour and texture of the wine. Black cherry, plum and spice fill every corner of the mouth, the juicy display tempered by ripe but soft tannins and cedary oak.

Wine Facts

Food Pairings

exotic-spicy vegetables soft-cheese hard-cheese white-meat red-meat
Alcohol by volume
14.1% alcohol by volume
Decanting
Enjoy right away
Serving temperature
62° F serving temperature
Drinking window
Now - 2029 drinking window
Varietal
Shiraz
Viognier

Yering Station

Shiraz-Viognier Yarra Valley Victoria Australia

Shiraz-Viognier Yarra Valley Victoria Australia 2016
$23.99 1-11 bottles 20% off Buy Now
$19.99 12+ bottles 33% off Buy Now
Shipping included on any 6 bottles or $125.

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