Warramate Wines is a small, independently owned vineyard in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. It was established in 1970 on a spectacular north-facing slope overlooking the central Yarra Valley. With plantings of Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay it produces wines of distinction, depth and intensity from its hand-tended and non-irrigated vines.
Dr Bailey Carrodus from Yarra Yering had just started planting vines on his property below the Warramate site that Jack and June Church eventually settled on. On the other side of Maddens Lane, Guillaume de Pury had begun to re-establish the vineyard at Yeringberg, while Dr John Middleton’s Mount Mary was established a few years later.
David Church took over responsibility for the vineyard and winemaking from his parents in 2000 and doubled the acres under vine. In search of a better work-life balance David sold the property to the Yarra Yering owners in 2011. In 2017, our winemaker Sarah Crowe was awarded the Halliday Wine Companion Australian Winemaker of the Year. Sarah continues to craft award winning wines for both Warramate and Yarra Yering.
Perfume and red berry notes entwine with a licorice spice element. An elegant style reflecting its’ cool climate origins, it features a succulent, lightly footed fruit layered palate replete with fine, gentle tannins. Given the freshness and immediacy of expression it currently displays, it is ready for enjoyment right now. Expect a graceful and satisfying evolution for many years under suitable cellaring conditions.