YarraLoch Winery

This is the ambitious project of successful investment banker Stephen Wood. He has taken the best possible advice, and has not hesitated to provide appropriate financial resources to a venture that has no exact parallel in the Yarra Valley or anywhere else in Australia. Twelve hectares of vineyards may not seem so unusual, but in fact he has assembled three entirely different sites, 70km apart, each matched to the needs of the variety/varieties planted on that site. Pinot noir (4.4ha) is planted on the Steep Hill Vineyard, with a northeast orientation, and a shaley rock and ironstone soil. Cabernet sauvignon (4ha) has been planted at Kangaroo Ground, with a dry, steep northwest-facing site and abundant sun exposure in the warmest part of the day, ensuring full ripeness. Just over 3.5ha of merlot, shiraz, chardonnay and viognier are planted at the Upper Plenty Vineyard, 50km from Kangaroo Ground. This has an average temperature 2 C cooler and a ripening period 23 weeks later than the warmest parts of the Yarra Valley. Add skilled winemaking and some sophisticated (and beautiful) packaging, and you have a 5-star recipe for success.

‘Unashamedly inspired by the great wines of Europe, the singular focus of YarraLoch is to create world class wines from the Yarra Valley which are distinguished by their elegance, balance and complexity.’ Stephen Wood, YarraLoch
 
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING

“One of the top ten new wineries in Australia” James Halliday, The Australian, 2006. 

“One of the most impressive start-up wine producers....in recent years” Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, Good Living, 2007 

“5 Star Outstanding Winery” Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

“YarraLoch’s first release of wines...added a new name to the list of Top Yarra Valley brands...” Ralph Kyte Powell, The Age, Epicure, 2007
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YarraLoch 'Stephanie's Dream' Heathcote Shiraz 2008


94 Points James Halliday

Made from low cropped fully ripe Heathcote Shiraz, this wine is complex with concentrated ripe plums, dark chocolate, savoury meaty characters and integrated smoky oak on the nose. A rich velvety mid palate texture gives way to tingling acidity and soft persistent tannin. Good hue; an elegant, light- to medium-bodied wine (notwithstanding its alcohol) that is part of a new face for Heathcote; s .....

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YarraLoch 'Stephanie's Dream' Pinot Noir 2010


94 Points James Halliday

“Light crystal-clear crimson-purple; a super-fragant red berry/cherry bouquet leads into a palate with strong spicy savoury tannins; needs time, so leave it alone until you've finished the standard Yarra Valley wine.” 94 Points James Halliday When a particular wine is of exceptional quality and also has the elegance, balance and complexity consistent with the style we aspire .....

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YarraLoch Arneis 2011

“Pale straw-green; an almost disconcertingly fresh and zesty palate of unsweetened lemon juice, pear and mineral; where it will head is the unanswered question.”

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Yarraloch Arneis 2010

‘Bright pale straw; freshly cut Nashi pear bouquet, showing bath talc and ginger; the palate is fine, linear, taut and long, with focused direction and energy a major attraction; at the lean end of the spectrum, but attractive for it.’  

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YarraLoch Cabernet Sauvignon 2008


94 Points James Halliday

Fragrant and herbaceous in character with a dominant red fruit theme driving the wine; medium-bodied with plush tannins and savoury underpinning of sage and toasty oak; fine, long and precise. 94 Points James Halliday

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YarraLoch Chardonnay 2011


96 Points James Halliday

Bright straw-green; a wine that sings the praises of the '11 vintage for Yarra chardonnay; marries intensity with finesse, precision with flavour, the last given by white peach, nectarine and grapefruit flavours undimmed by French oak, and driving the brilliantly long finish. 96 Points James Halliday

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YarraLoch Merlot Morpheus 2005

"Morpheus, a selection of the best three barrels, (and 100 percent merlot) is a stunner: sumptuous, powerful, rich and very ripe tasting.  It is one of the most impressive Australian merlots I've tasted." Huon Hooke - Good Living 13/11/07 When a particular wine is of exceptional quality and also has the elegance, balance and complexity consistent with the style we aspire to pro .....

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YarraLoch Pinot Noir 2011


92 Points Jeremy Oliver

Very reserved, restrained and delicately handled, this finely crafted, measured and balanced pinot reveals a pretty, floral bouquet of sweet red cherries, berries and plums backed by suggestions of underbrush and cedary oak. It's long, lean and elegant, with a supple, faintly stalky presence of red cherries and berries supported by a gentle but genuine spine of dusty tannin. 92 Points Jere .....

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YarraLoch Stephanie's Dream Cabernet Sauvignon 2006


94 Points James Halliday

94 Points“A somewhat savoury/austere, albeit correct, expression of cabernet, blackcurrant fruit impregnated with powdery tannins along the length of the palate; a great wine.” James Halliday, AWC 2011 When a particular wine is of exceptional quality and also has the elegance, balance and complexity consistent with the style we aspire to produce, it will be released under the Stephani .....

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YarraLoch Stephanie's Dream Chardonnay 2008


96 Points Wine Front

 “I liked YarraLoch’s standard chardonnay quite a bit, so I thought this might be good.  But I didn’t figure on it being so stunningly so.  This takes the cake.  It’s a ripsnorter.  It’s tight and long and focused and detailed and all kinds of snazzy good things.  It tastes of grapefruit and spice and cedarwood and coconut and it’s .....

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YarraLoch Stephanie's Dream Yarra Valley Shiraz 2008

‘Mid-garnet; the bouquet is full of spice, fresh herbs, red fruits and showing fine toasty oak; medium- bodied with cold tea, black plum, fine grained tannins and fresh acidity to conclude.’

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