Wine Region: Yarra Valley, Australia

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot

Classic Bordeaux cabernet-style. This is the blend on which Yarra Yering's reputation was built. Always medium-bodied and low in alcohol suggesting delicacy, but nonetheless is a sleeping powerhouse of precision, intensity & concentration that demands a requisite amount of time in bottle to unfurl & allow the drinker in. Principally cabernet sauvignon with merlot, malbec and a little petit verdot added, it swallows every ounce of its 100% new oak.

James Halliday 96 points
"Cabernet sauvignon leads the blend, with smaller amounts of merlot, malbec and petit verdot. The hue is good, the fragrant, berry-filled bouquet faithfully reflected in the vibrant, medium-bodied palate where fruit, oak and tannins coalesce into a triumphantly harmonious whole."

Lisa Peretti-Brown 94 points
"Medium-deep garnet-purple in color, the 2011 Dry Red No. 1 presents an expressive nose of black currant, cloves, cedar and pencil lead with hints of fennel seed. Ripe, muscular and taut in the mouth, this medium-bodied wine has cassis flavors framed with medium-firm grainy tannins and crisp acid before finishing long. 94+ Points."

More about Yarra Yering and James Halliday's 2017 Winemaker of the Year, Sarah Crowe

Yarra Yering winery has been producing excellent wines since Dr Bailey Carrodus (earning the title of Doctor from his Doctor of Philosophy for research into plant physiology) rolled out his first vintages of Dry Red Wine No. 1 and Dry Red Wine No. 2 ?ÿin 1973.

But now the one carrying the torch that the iconic legacy Dr Carrodus started is Head Winemaker, Sarah Crowe. Earning stunning praise from the world's top wine critics, Sarah has proven to be worthy of continuing the tradition of making some of the best wines in Australia.

In fact, with the wines made in her first vintage at Yarra Yering, she has received one of the wine industryƒ??s highest honours.

James Halliday named Sarah ƒ??Winemaker of the Yearƒ?? for 2017 at the QANTAS epiQure Halliday Wine Companion Awards in Melbourne on 3 August, making Sarah the first woman to receive this award.

Halliday said, ƒ??She has done a fabulous job with what was her first full vintage. Just an amazing, amazing job.

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