Halliday - - Yarra Valley - BY JANE FAULKNER

2018 Yarra Yer­ing Light Dry Red

A strik­ing pur­ple-red colour, with all the ex­u­ber­ance of youth: up­front tangy, juicy rasp­berry and black fruits laced with spice and red liquorice. Framed by fine, sup­ple tan­nins, bright acid­ity across its lighter body and de­li­cious­ness with ev­ery sip.

$95, 95 points

2016 Marli Rus­sell by Mount Mary RP2 Yarra Val­ley

A rip­per of a blend – 50% grenache, 20% each of mourve­dre and shi­raz and then 10% cin­sault. What’s ap­peal­ing about the end re­sult is it’s savoury through and through, with a flurry of woodsy spices and roasted meat aro­mas, iron­stone and red fruits, plus pome­gran­ate twang. Medium bod­ied with ripe, slightly grainy tan­nins and a neat ten­sion to the acid­ity. Beau­ti­ful bal­ance. Yum.

$65, 95 points

2016 Luke Lam­bert Neb­bi­olo

A warmer vin­tage has re­sulted in a slightly fleshier wine, but this still has all the hall­marks of a re­strained style. The tan­nins are pitch­per­fect – ripe, sali­vat­ing, the tex­ture of raw silk with a delicious dry­ness on the fin­ish. Aro­mas of warm earth, cherry pips, flo­rals, a smidge of liquorice/aniseed, very fine and long on the palate. Medium bod­ied, savoury and mor­eish.

$60, 95 points

2017 Out of Step Wil­lowlake Vine­yard Sau­vi­gnon Blanc

Wild fer­men­ta­tion in mostly sea­soned French oak, with 20% get­ting up to 10 days skin con­tact adds an­other layer of com­plex­ity, tex­ture and savouri­ness. This has a re­fresh­ing lemon-bar­ley wa­ter ac­cent with crunchy daikon, pine nee­dles, spice and zesty acid­ity.

$28, 95 points

2017 Tar­raWarra Es­tate Bar­bera

This hits the spot. Un­de­ni­ably va­ri­etal with its blush of pur­ple-red, cherry pips and just-ripe rasp­ber­ries, newly made pot­pourri and plenty of warm spice. Medium bod­ied, with easy sup­ple tan­nins and re­fresh­ing acid­ity. A beauty.

$28, 95 points

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