Previous Vintage Reviews

 

2007 Estate Arneis Reviews

TOP DROPS OF THE MONTH
By Max Allen, Gourmet Traveller, May 2008

YarraLoch is a top label and while its traditional Yarra wines - chardonnay, pinot and merlot etc - are good, this unusual Italian white varietal is terrific:  lean, tingling, full of minerality.

Drink with pan-fried whiting.

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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2009 

Pale colour;  restrained pear flesh aromas, with hints of dried straw;  fine on entry but fleshes out across the palate, and has lovely vibrancy on the finish.

Screwcap, 12.5% alc.
Rating 90
To 2009

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Courier Mail Q Weekend, September 2008 

By Ken Gargett

From the Yarra; citrus, pears, minerals, floral notes and orange hints are all here.
A mid-length wine that makes for attractive drinking.

Rating: 89

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The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 

By Nick Stock  

Arneis makes crisp, delicate and fragrant white in the north-east of Italy. This Yarra Valley example is right in the zone with crisp fragrant pear and wet stone aromas. The palate's packing some texture and weight, really nicely balanced and twsting savoury through the finish.

  • 89 Points
  • 4 Stars

 

 

2006 Estate Chardonnay Reviews

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2009

Fine and focused pear flesh aromas, with hints of toast and cashews;  the palate has great thrust, with lively acidity on the finish; fine yet generously textured.

Screwcap,  13% alc.
Rating 94
To 2014

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On the Grapevine with John Fordham

The Sunday Telegraph, November 9 2008  

At the top end of Yarra Valley chardonnay quality and price, this is a standout wine offering creamy, toasty flavours with fruit being the dominant attraction.

 

2006 Estate Arneis Reviews

Australian Wine Companion 2009

James Halliday 

Apple blossom aromas;  a lively palate, with more fruit intensity than ususal for the variety, ranging through citrus to pear;  long finish.

Screwcap, 13% alc.
Rating 92
To 2009

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Qantas Inflight Magazine December 2007

Sally Gudgeon

If you're not sipping a slinky little arneis with your anitpasto platter this summer, your tasebuds are missing out.
Arneis (ahr-nace) is an obscure Italian variety grown mostly in Piedmont.  It has spread to Australia with relative alacrity, where it thrives in a cool climate.
This racy Yarra Valley arneis has delicate fruit and bright, lip-smacking acidity.

 

2006 Estate Rose Reviews

Sally Gudgeon and Ralph Kyte-Powell

This is a very European-style from the Yarra Valley, right down to its subtle pink colour and without the fluoro impact of so many Aussie rosés.

It smells of red berries and oriental spice and has a gamy note, while the palate has surprising complexity and a dry, semi-firm finish.

Serious pink wine.

Food: Salade nicoise.
Ageing: Drink now to 2008.

 

2005 The Collection Heathcote Shiraz Reviews

Federation Square Victorian Wine Regions Showcase Series

People's Choice - Top Red

April 2008

People's Choice Winners

Top Reds:
Equal 1st   -  YarraLoch 2005 The Collection Shiraz

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James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2009

Seductively smooth and supple, with layers of red cherry, plum and blackberry fruit; harmonious oak and tannins.

Diam,  14% alc.
Rating 95
To 2025

 

2005 Estate Chardonnay Reviews

James Halliday
Australian Wine Companion 2008

Elegant perfumed peach blossom aromas;  fine and yet very intense nectarine and grapefruit;  long finish, the oak a bystander.
Screwcap, 13.5% alc.
Rating 95
To 2018

Ralph Kyte- Powell
WineStyle Autumn 2007

How many Yarra Valley vineyards have the names involving the word “Yarra”? Imbibe too much of the region’s produce and it all gets a bit challenging. Yarraloch is the latest to impress with this very good chardonnay, expertly made by the irrepressible Sergio Carlei. Citrus and nectarine characters mix with smooth, nutty notes, a whisper of butter toffee and skilfully applied oak in a classy, persistent chardonnay that signs off bone-dry.

Ageing? Drink over three years.

Food ideas: Grilled salmon cutlets.

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Lester Jesberg
Winewise Vol23 June 2007

Highly Recommended 

There is a lot of buttery richness to this wine, but it doesn’t swamp the powerful fruit. Very attractive French oak backs up a long finish. Mouth-filling excellence. 13.5%, Screwcap

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Campbell Mattinson
WineFront February 2007

Flavoursome, peachy, simple chardonnay of excellent concentration.
Peaches and cream, flashes of cedar, a tight finish but a big body.
Lingers nicely on the finish.

Drink: 2007 - 2010
89 points

 

2005 Estate Cabernets Reviews

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2009

A quite intense and long palate in a Bordeaux mould, with notes of cedar, earth and briar;  reflects the particular type of approach to maceration and tannins;  excellent length.

Diam, 14% alc.
Rating 94
To 2017

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Acknowledgement of good Australian cabernet

by Jeni Port

The Age Epicure December 2007

Cabernet has been in the doldrums too long.
Look around, there are so many excellent cabernets, blended or not:
Cape Mentelle, Voyager Estate, YarraLoch, Yeringberg, Penfolds, Mount Mary, Katnook, Jeffery Grosset, Best's Wines.

 

2005 Estate Arneis Reviews

Australian Wine Companion - Edition 2008
By James Halliday


Yarra Valley Arneis 2005. Lacks particular fruit distinction, though it is pleasant, with a light mix with tropical and pear fruit. The limitation of the variety rather than the winemaking.
/srewcap. 13% alc. Rating 89 T0 2008 $25

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The Weekend Australian Magazine -
8th April 2006
By Max Allen

Arneis is an obscure white grape variety originally from Italy’s north west. This example, from new Yarra Valley label YarraLoch, is a very good introduction to the variety’s lemon-pith tang, mineral dryness and delicious, slightly furry texture (like chewing on pear skins).  Fascinatingly different wine.

 

2005 Estate Shiraz Viognier Reviews

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2009 

A big, robust wine without the usual silky mouthfeel of most shiraz viogniers;  dark fruits, spice, licorice and quite firm tannins.  Patience should reward.

Diam, 14% alc.
Rating 91
To 2015

 

2005 Estate Pinot Noir Reviews

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2009

Holding hue well;  spotlessly clean plum and black cherry fruit surrounded by a strong savoury net.

Screwcap, 13.5% alc.
Rating 90
To 2012

 

2004 Stephanie's Dream Merlot Reviews

Australian Wine Companion - 2007 Edition
By James Halliday
Excellent purple-red; lively, intense medium bodied palate; strong varietal expression through plum, blackcurrant and spice; excellent oak and extract.
Diam. 14° alc., Rating 94 Drink 2015
Also listed in the Best of the Best by variety
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Tri Nations Challenge Sydney 2006
Chairman of Judges: Mr R Joseph
Judges: James Halliday, Bob Campbell MW, Michael Fridhjon
Chief Executive Ms J Kennedy
Class 7, Second Place
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The Age - 25th February 2006
By Jane Faulkner
“Any fan should go for this”
Stephanie’s Dream, named after the owner's daughter, is YarraLoch’s premium range. Though the label is feint, the wine in the glass easy to grasp. Bit of barnyard pong when first opened, which dissipated with a decent airing to reveal concentrated fruit notes particularly plums, touch of crushed coriander seeds, dusty notes and a backbone of firm tannins and good acidity. Savoury, juicy, spicy and any merlot fan should go for this.

 

2004 The Collection Shiraz Viognier Reviews

Australian Wine Companion - Edition 2008
By James Halliday
“Best Of the Best by Variety”
Vivid, strong purple red; potent high-toned plum, spice and blackberry fruit, intense and long; very good oak integration and balance.
Diam. 14% alc. Rating 95 To 2015

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GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE - “100 Top New Release Wines”
August/September 2006
By Huon Hook and Bob Campbell MW
An obvious noseful of herbal, plummy shiraz fruit with minty regional characters. Some vegetal and vanilla/chocolate overtones. A big, dense, gutsy red with plenty of tannins, it needs time to fully harmonise.
93 Points

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The Age - 18th July 2006
By Jane Faulkner
Winemaker Sergio Carlei is a Diam devotee. That’s what seals this wine. Plenty going on here from intense spicy plum fruit, fragrant myrtle and bay leaf characters to savoury smoky notes. /very enticing. Tastes as wonderful as it smells. Tangy and juicy, firm tannins with the splash of Viognier softening the palate.
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The Age epicure uncorked -
20th July 2006
By Ralph Kyte-Powell
“A Name to Watch”
A delicious wine from a new Yarra Valley producer. It has deep colour and an aromatic, elaborate nose of fragrant sweet spice, earth, cherries, violets and mocha. The palate is velvety, long and complete, with concentrated flavour, medium body and a stylish structure of integrated fine grained tannins. A name to watch.
Food ideas: Roast veal; beef daube.

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Tri Nations Challenge Sydney 2007
Chairman of Judges: Mr R Joseph
Judges: James Halliday, Bob Campbell MW, Michael Fridhjon
Chief Executive Ms J Kennedy
Class 8 Shiraz, Invitation to compete

 

2004 Stephanie's Dream Chardonnay Reviews

GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE - “100 Top New Release Wines” - June/July 2006
By Huon Hook and Bob Campbell MW

It’s fairly developed for its age, but the flavour and bouquet are good. Tasty oak aromas tend toward toast hazelnut, while the palate is full and broad with a generous, open-knit structure and appealing drinkability.
Ready now.
90 Points

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Australian Wine Companion - 2007 Edition
By James Halliday
An exceptionally elegant style; melon, nectarine, and grapefruit interwoven with quality French oak and creamy lees characters;
long finish.
Diam. 13° alc., Rating 96,  Drink 2014
Also listed in the Best of the Best by variety
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James Halliday Top 100 - May 2006
By James Halliday
Investment banker Stephen Wood has three vineyards spread across the Yarra Valley, each matched to specific varieties, with the chardonnay at a cool Upper Plenty site. This is an exceptionally elegant wine, offering melon, nectarine and grapefruit interwoven with quality French oak and creamy lees characters.
From Yarra Valley, Victoria
Drink 2014
With: avocado and prawn salad.

 

2004 Estate Cabernets Reviews

Australian Wine Companion - 2007 Edition
By James Halliday
Savoury, earthy Bordeaux style; super-fine tannins define the texture and, to a degree, the austere dark berry flavours; cries out for time.
Diam. 13.5° alc., Rating 91, Drink 2015
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Winefront Monthly - February 2006
By Campbell Mattinson
“You would dead set guess Bordeaux!”
This cabernet smells superb. It’s all pencilly and curranty and lashed with integrated cedar, and if it didn’t mention the Yarra Valley on the back label you would deadset guess Bordeaux. OK, with time a blur of mint does become apparent, but the tangy, fleshy, pencilly charm has by then woven its magic. Very impressive debut. If you like Yarra cabernet, this is a good buy.
Drink: 2006-2011.
89 Points.

 

2004 Estate Pinot Noir Reviews

The Age Epicure Wine Style, Autumn 2007

Ralph Kyte-Powell

Yarraloch’s first release of wines last year added a new name to the list of top Yarra Valley brands. The high quality is reinforced by new releases such as this pinot. It has a slight syrupy, dark fruit nose indicating excellent ripeness levels, and spicy, meaty notes and rich complexity. The medium bodied palate is rich in flavour and long, with ripe tannins perfectly incorporated. It’s a slightly dry-reddish pinot, but very good.

Aging? Drink over three years.
Food ideas: Cantonese roast duck



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Uncorked, Sunday Life Magazine - The Age, June 2007

Sally Gudgeon and Ralph Kyte Powell

This is the best pinot release yet from this nine-year-old Yarra Valley winery.

It has excellent varietal character with dark cherries, spice, mocha and forest undergrowth aromas on the nose, leading onto a succulent well-balanced palate with good acid and dry tannins.

Food: Veal saltimbocca
Ageing: Drink in 2009

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Winewise Vol 23, June 2007

Lester Jesberg

A complex style, with a touch of forest floor in the bouquet. The flavour leans to the herbal end, but there is plenty to be enjoyed here.

13.5%, Cork

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Australian Wine Companion Edition 2008

James Halliday

Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2004. A fragrant and complex mix of spice, forest floor and stem, together with potent black cherry fruit; good length and intensity, finishing with fine tannins.
Diam. 13.5% alc Rating 94 To 2011 $25

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Gourmet Traveller Wine - Aug/Sep 2007

Huon Hooke

Very ripe brandied-cherry fruit through to raisin aromas, with a hint of volatility that doesn’t mar it. It’s a brawny, quite powerful pinot with some out-there characters and a sturdy tannic backbone. Let this one breathe.
Rating 90 points

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The Wine Front - February 2007

Campbell Mattinson

Big-boned pinot noir. Lots of stalk and sour cherry flavour makes it firmly a cellaring style - it has a stalky bitterness on the finish that is in deperate need of a couple of years in the cellar.
A structured, serious wine with kirsch-like fragrance as it moves through the finish - it's also flushed with acidity.
Time, time, time - it needs it.

Drink: 2009 - 2014
90 points

 

 

 

2004 Estate Chardonnay Reviews

Australian Wine Companion - Edition 2007
By James Halliday

Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2004. Supple and smooth; great mouthfeel to the melon and nectarine fruit; long finish; subtle oak throughout.
Screwcap. 13% alc rating 94 To 2011

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GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE - “100 Top New Release Wines”
August/September 2006

By Huon Hook and Bob Campbell MW

Made by Sergio Carlei, this is a fruit-forward style with nutty, peachy aromas and a delicate fine, seamlessly textured palate. A lick of sweetness and not terribly complex, but it’s all about clean fruit and drinkability.
92 Points

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The Sydney Morning Herald - “Top Aussie White” - May 2006
By Huon Hook

An exciting new Yarra Valley brand, made by Sergio Carlei. Fruit driven, with peach, cashew aromas, subtle oak and a delicate but intense flavour that’s soft but freshened by clean acidity. A delicious drink now, dry white.
Food: seafood risotto

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he Age - 20th May 2006
By Jane Faulkner

“It’s a Ripper”

This is YarraLoch’s so-called “entry level” chardonnay and it’s a ripper. Made by Sergio Carlei, this is full of white stone fruit and grapefruit aromas, quite a spicy lifted nose with only a hint of oak, nutty too. It’s fresh and clean on the palate with some vibrant acidity to finish. It is unlike YarraLoch’s Stephanie’s Dream, which is incredibly rich and needs time to settle, this is mellower and softer on the palate. So enjoy now.

 

2003 Estate Pinot Noir Reviews

The Age - 25th of February 2006
By Jane Faulkner

“A beaut Pinot for the price!”

For the price this, this is a beaut pinot noir. It starts with lovely pinot fruit notes. Plenty of cherry and red berries and some spice notes, too. It’s juicy on the palate, a touch warm, with the oak nicely integrated; medium bodied with fine tannins and a distinct savour finish.

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Australian Wine Companion - 2007 Edition
By James Halliday

Good colour; light to medium-bodied; savoury, spicy plum flavours; tannins just a little bit powdery/dry; best with food.
Diam. 14° alc.
Rating 90
To 2010