Yabby Lake

Owner(s) Mem Kirby, Robert Kirby
Web site www.yabbylake.com
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Yabby Lake is an ultra-premium Australian producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The winery and vineyards are owned by the Kirby Family (of Village Roadshow fame), who also have ownership in and Martinborough's Escarpment Winery. In 1998, 90 acres of primarily Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay were planted in Tuerong in the Mornington Peninsula region of Victoria. Keith Harris has managed the vineyard from the start and the talented winemaker is Tod Dexter (long-time winemaker at Stonier and before that, Cakebread Cellars) with Larry McKenna of Escarpment consulting. The wines have been highly-awarded by Australian wine critics. The Pinot Noir is exported in small amounts, and highly recommended if you can locate any of it.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Yabby Lake Vineyard Single Block Release Mornington Peninsula Australia Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 320 cases. From Block 1, Rows 1-11 planted in 1998 to low-yielding MV6 clone. Soil is sandy clay loam. Grapes are 100% de-stemmed, spend 14 days on skins. Significant proportion of whole cluster. Winemaker is Tom Carson. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of cherry, underbrush and dried rose petal lead to a mid to full bodied core of black cherry and black raspberry fruits wrapped in firm tannins. Impressive mid palate attack and finish but seems a bit closed. Much better when tasted two days later from a previously opened and re-closed bottle with more aromatic vibrancy and more expressive fruit. This wine has the most tannin in this lineup, presumably from the large percentage of whole cluster, and will need a few years in the cellar to reach nirvana. Score: 93. Reviewed September 14, 2014 ARTICLE »

2004 Yabby Lake Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $50. · This is berry jam on toast but with plenty of sophistication. Dark fruit driven, it is Nicely balanced and composed. Reviewed June 17, 2007 ARTICLE »

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