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The Yarra Valley is the best known region within Port Phillip in the state of Victoria in Australia. Port Phillip is often referred to as the “Melbourne Dress Circle” due to the trend toward small scale “boutique” wine-making that is showcased in the city’s bistros and winebars. The Yarra Valley is the clear star of the Port Phillip wine scene.

It’s one of the country’s oldest regions, with the first grapes brought over and planted in the 1880s. Though it managed to escape the Phylloxera louse infestation that ravaged Europe’s vines and also those in some parts of the country, it still experienced a lull starting in the 1920s due to the trend in big, fruity and fortified wines. But it came back big time in the 1960s and 70s with wine-makers focusing on quality, starting with Wantima Estate and followed by Fergusson, Yarra Yering, Seville, Yering Station and Chateau Yarrinya (now De Bortoli) and others.

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Yarra Vale

    Yarra Vale Wines is a boutique vineyard that is aimed at producing wines for the discerning wine ...

  • Yarra Yering Pty Ltd

    Wine was grown in Victorias Yarra Valley from the mid 1800’s through to the 1920’s and was a p...

  • Giant Steps Winery Pty Ltd

    Our winery in the Yarra Valley is home to Giant Steps Vignerons and Innocent Bystander winemakers...

  • Graeme Miller Wines

    Winemaker & Viticulturist Graeme Miller is one of the pioneers of the 1960s/70s rebirth of the Y...

  • Sticks

    Sticks Yarra Valley is beautifully situated on a single site in the picturesque Yarra Valley, an ...

  • Coldstream Hills

    Since its first vintage in 1985, Coldstream Hills has grown to be one of the Australia’s leading ...

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  • Innocent Bystander Shiraz Blend Shiraz Viognier 2007

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    Floral and intense on the nose with a touch of reduction highlighting an asphalt undertone. Plenty of smoky oak, white pepper and violet notes add complexity. Soft and full on entry, a spine of acid does perk up on the mid-palate. There is ore reduction evident on the palate here, but some air helps to clear it up, revealing finely rendered blac... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Innocent Bystander Shiraz Blend Shiraz Viognier 2007

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    Lilac, violet and graceful floral aromas of Viognier intermix beautifully with the heavy, black fruit from the Shiraz. A bit of savoriness makes this wine deep and complex - soft and smooth on the palette, yet finishing with a spicy kick of raspberry spice. Read More

    Wine review by KristinW


  • Green Point Shiraz 2004

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    Heavy smells of blackberry and pepper. Deep reddish purple color. Slightly sweet yet very dry. This wine compliments apple smoked cheddar cheese to a mild degree. I have found that this wine is much better than expected. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Marquee Artisan Wines Signature Chardonnay Yarra Valley 2008

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    This is downright oaky and smells of dried herbs and hay. Theres something vaguely mineral here, with almond husks and some heirloom apple notes too. Rather broad and caressing on the palate, this really spreads out in the mouth. While it lacks some height, it does delivere a lovely core of almond brittle, tangerine and peach fruit. Theres a tou... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Yarra Yering Dry No 1-Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Merlot Petit Verdot Blend Rot Yarra Valley 2005

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    Apology that I don't know how to add a new vintage as the one I tasted is 2004 instead. It is quite perfumery when opened and at first it is quite earthy and later on with hints of bark. On the palate, it is full of dark fruits with distinctive blackcurrant. Typical Australian red with more close to elegance and subtle. 93+ points.P.S. I've got ... Read More

    Wine review by Vigasia


  • Giant Steps Pinot Noir Yarra Valley Sexton 2008

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    bold fruit filled with bing cherries, and raspberries, easy drinking Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Yarra Yering Dry Red No.1 Yarra Valley Victoria Bottle 2007

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    Nice and oaky, but doesn't stay long on palate... Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Coldstream Hills Pinot Noir Yarra Valley 2007

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    My wine club did a Pinot Noir tasting this month. This was one of the recommended wines for the tasting, but our wine buyer was hesitant as Australia is not known for Pinot Noir. I poured it first, expecting it to be the worst of the 5 we tasted. WOW! This is one terrific Pinot! Very lush and flavorful, without a harsh finish like some Pino... Read More

    Wine review by kboesel


  • Yering Station Chardonnay Yarra Valley Reserve 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by chefearl


  • Yering Station Shiraz Blend Yarra Valley Shiraz Viognier 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by calibay


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