I suppose it’s just the way with old farms. On the face of it, a calm timelessness. Behind that, industriousness and constant renewal through breeding seasons and growth cycles. So it goes with Yeringberg. After more than 150 years, the past and present blend comfortably together. Fourth generation Sandra and David de Pury are working to maintain the land and the environment: planting trees, deterring weeds and pests, protecting the soil to grow grass for healthy lambs and calves.
And tending the vines to bring forth delicious wines, of course.
On that front, they’re preparing a new Pinot Noir vineyard, which you will be able to see from the farmyard. Posts are soon to be driven into the ground; trellis wires, irrigation pipes and fencing will follow. Then the new vines, already grafted onto phylloxera-resistant rootstocks, will be planted in November/December.
The de Purys have started on the journey to future-proof their grape supply. They’ve collected dormant buds from preferred old vines and grafted these onto rootstock. These are currently putting out the first tentative signs of growth, tucked warm and humidly away indoors. After several weeks they’ll have developed roots, ready to move into a new hothouse for a year of tender loving care before being planted in a new vineyard block east of the old vineyard site.
At Yeringberg the family strive to make better wine each year, with constant improvements in the myriad steps from vineyard management to bottling. Their goal is to make balanced, ageworthy wines that show their vintage and origin.
And they do this so very well.
Yeringberg farm looks like nowhere else on the Australian wine scene, an archaic alpine milking shed on its own remote rolling slopes. Yeringberg the juice likewise looks like nowhere else on the Australian wine scene. That’s what happens when you refine the patterns of life on the farm over the course of 157 years.
The land has seen all sorts of seasons in that time, many memorable for their own particularities. The one we’re presenting now was pretty cool, the kind that yields finesse and detail among experience growers. It played out perfectly on the storied hill of Yeringberg Sandra de Pury says it straight. “The 2017 wines are from a superb vintage.
We know that you will enjoy them.
Patrick Walsh, Cellarhand (distributor)
Yeringberg Viognier 2017
Single bottle price: $47
Dozen bottle price: $42.30
Yeringberg Marsanne/Roussanne 2017
Single bottle price: $68
Dozen bottle price: $61.20
Yeringberg Shiraz 2017
Single bottle price: $87
Dozen bottle price: $78.30
Yeringberg Cabernets 2017
Single bottle price: $100
Dozen bottle price: $90