Wine Thieves-Go Down Under with New York Vintners

Dear New York Vintners Friends,


As enthusiastic wine consumers, you’ve almost certainly tasted an Aussie Shiraz and heard of the Barossa Valley’s ancient Shiraz vines. But have you tried or heard of the wines of the McLaren Vale, Yarra Valley, Adelaide Hills, or Coonawarra? Out of these wine regions in Australia come some of the world’s premier dry Rieslings, Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc blends, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz.

This month’s wine dinner, An Evening Down Under, will focus on some of these sophisticated wines of Australia.

MARCH EVENT

AN EVENING DOWN UNDER


Thursday, March 27, 2008, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

New York Vintners, 21 Warren Street, NYC

$135 + tax

During An Evening Down Under, we’ll enjoy six of Australia’s more elegant wines paired with a four-course dinner of Aussie-inspired fare.

Space is limited to 48 guests, so register today by phoning 212.812.3999, replying to this email, or reserving online.


FEATURED PRODUCER


Yarra Yering

Yarra Yering is one of the most interesting wineries to stock our shelves in quite some time. Although it’s a well-established estate in Australia, it remains somewhat unknown to consumers here in the U.S., often overshadowed by larger brands like d’Arenberg and Penfolds.

Across the board, Yarra Yering wines are amazing. Burgundy fans will be captivated by the Pinot Noir, Bordeaux fans will love Dry Red No. 1, and hard-core Aussie Shiraz enthusiasts will be awestruck by ‘Underhill.’ As a bonus, the incredibly simple, retro labels are a fine sight to see.

Yarra Yering was established in 1969 by Dr. Carrodus who planted the vineyard on a north-facing hillside in deep, broken-up, secondary gravelly soils with excellent drainage. It now encompasses 78 acres, all of which are dry-farmed. Dry Red No. 1, Dry Red No. 2, and Underhill Shiraz are profound, intelligently made wines. With their ability to age, they are benchmarks for the Yarra Valley.

Yarra Yering 2004 Dry Red No. 1 | $60 | 10 bottles available
95 points, Robert Parker: “A combination of 70-80% Cabernet Sauvignon, about 20% Merlot, and dollops of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the 2004 Dry Red Wine No. 1 offers a beautiful perfume of incense, dried herbs, red and black fruits, damp earth, and cedar. With fabulous fruit purity, medium to full body, and moderately high tannin, this rich, stunning red should age effortlessly for twenty years.�

Order online, phone 212.812.3999, or reply to this email.

Yarra Yering 2004 Dry Red No. 2 | $55 | 26 bottles available
Varietals: Shiraz, Viognier, Marsanne
95 points, Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: “Dark red. Drop-dead pure red berry bouquet combines redcurrant, raspberry, wild strawberry, pomegranate and pungent white pepper. The red fruit riot continues on the palate, which has a texture like liquid silk and amazing clarity and lift. The precision and balance here are remarkable, as are the wine’s depth and impression of restrained power. Finishes on a smoky, sweet note of strawberry liqueur, with completely buffered, velvety tannins. I’d happily pour this next to the suavest Southern Rhone wines of my experience.”

Order online, phone 212.812.3999, or reply to this email.

Yarra Yering 2004 Pinot Noir | $55 | 20 bottles available
92 points, Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar: “Dark red. Flamboyantly aromatic nose offers piercing notes of wild strawberry, raspberry, fresh rose, violet, magnolia and mocha; smells like a Dujac wine from the ’80s, or something from Cristom. Pliant, juicy and fresh, with red berry flavors demonstrating excellent sweetness, focus and verve. This suave, silky midweight could easily be confused for a high-end Burgundy. Finishes on a spicy, peppery note, the sweet red berry flavors repeating.”

Order online, phone 212.812.3999, or reply to this email.

Yarra Yering 2004 Underhill Shiraz
| $65 | 22 bottles available
96 points, Robert Parker: “The 2004 Shiraz Underhill may be the finest example of this cuvée Yarra Yering has yet produced. Its inky/purple color is accompanied by a gorgeous nose of Crème de Cassis, acacia flowers, white pepper, and steely, earthy characteristics. Medium to full body, awesome concentration and richness, and a delicate, ethereal lightness suggest this stunning Shiraz can be drunk now and over the next 12-15+ years. It is a singular expression of Shiraz from the Yarra Valley.”

Order online, phone 212.812.3999, or reply to this email.

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