Connoisseurs Corner

Connoisseurs Corner

The wines of Yarra Yering need no introduction. For decades, wine lovers across the globe have been familiar with the wines of Yarra Valley pioneer Dr Bailey Carrodus. After he died in 2008, Yarra Yering changed hands and in 2014 Sarah Crowe took over the winemaking – her background in the challenging Hunter Valley propelling her onto the ‘most wanted’ list. 

Sarah made some significant winemaking changes shortly after taking the reigns – a new bag press was bought in to lift the quality of the white wines, (“basket press just isn’t as good as bag press to extract the fruit purity I am always looking for”) and has ended up being used a lot with the red wines. There is also much less new oak treatment now (“I want the fruit to take centre stage and with too much new oak, I can’t see the detail there”), yet she has stayed true to the legacy of Yarra Yering wines by crafting the range for cellaring and preservation.

The results of her work were immediately clear. “Sarah Crowe has made red wines of the highest imaginable quality right from her first vintage in 2014.” James Halliday wrote in this year’s Wine Companion, “the 16s are an absolute triumph.”

Awarded Winemaker of the Year in 2017, Sarah was humble in her reaction.

“I simply want to make wines which are true to the integrity of the fruit I have to work with. And the fruit is exceptional. With the advances in the scientific understanding of winemaking we have today, I can only improve on the original vision and legacy created by Dr Carrodus.”
Last week our team was extremely fortunate to meet Sarah and taste through five of her wines at our Fine Wine Room at the Bayswater store and today we are thrilled to invite you to come and taste these iconic, limited production wines for yourself.

This Saturday 20th July, we will have Dry Red No 1 ($129.99) 99pts, Dry Red No 2 ($119.99) 97pts, Underhill Shiraz ($115.99) 96pts and Pinot Noir 2016 ($109.99) 97pts all open to taste from 10.30am at Paddington Fine Wines. The Pinot Noir we have is some of the last in NSW so don’t miss your chance to grab one for the cellar.


Dry Red No 1 – This is a superlative, tightly furled Bordeaux blend of pedigree, age-worthiness and a sapid quiver of blackcurrant to herbal notes; crushed, dried and strewn about the palate, all tightly guarded by gravelly tannins and juicy natural acidity. A blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 13% Malbec and a mere seasoning of Petit Verdot synergise to make an imperious, beautiful wine with a long, long life ahead. 99 points. James Halliday. 

Dry Red No 2 – The most highly aromatic bouquet with perfumed fruits and spices dancing on forest floor, the palate a liquid expression of the bouquet. Alive with juicy, gently savoury tannins beating a beautiful tattoo, the finish drawn out by the peacock’s tail of the multifaceted aftertaste. 97 points. James Halliday.

Underhill 2016 – Bright, deep colour, right from the outset, very different from the other wines in the release with more spring in its step, more stalky/spice flavours behind black fruits, peppery notes inlaid into the broader mosaic of a constantly changing colour. 96 points. James Halliday. 

Pinot Noir 2016 – A Winston Churchill figure in Yarra Valley’s Pinot Noirs, standing higher than all the others. It has layer upon layer of flavours derived from the fruit, unique fermentation, tannins, oak and X-factor from vines nearing 50 years old. It has no need to advertise its quality or style as it glides through the length of the medium bodied palate. 97 points. James Halliday. 



Natural Wine | What is it?  Why is it such a fast growing movement in the wine world?

Natural Wine | What is it? Why is it such a fast growing movement in the wine world?

Natural Wine is fast growing in popularity within the global wine community and we want to demystify all things natural wine and answer your questions about this alternative to traditional wine. Love it or hate it, it’s on the rise and worth knowing about so you can increase your wine knowledge and understand what it’s all about the next time you spot one on the wine list.
This April, the Fine Wine Group have a Members Special Wine Class event offering you the opportunity to explore, taste and delve into the world of natural wine during a relaxed night with paired cheese at our tasting table with fellow wine lovers.
Natural wine is typically made from handpicked grapes grown by smaller, independent producers using organic or biodynamic techniques to grow the fruit to allow for the purest fruitful flavour possible. The wine is fermented with no added yeast, and there are no additives or sulphites added, so the wine is made with little to no chemical and technological intervention. These natural processes are done to respect the environment and vine by avoiding harmful chemicals and practices, resulting in a unique fresh flavour.
On Wednesday April 10th join Australian winemaker and educator Tom Egan from Jed Wines as he guides you through 8 natural wines. Tom is an engaging facilitator with many years of experience and passion for wine, and we are very fortunate to have him lead this special event for you.

Wine Club members tickets $49/Non-Members $89*
includes a selection of delicious cheeses from Penny’s Cheese Shop in Potts Point
Book your place today in store or email
14 places maximum
*not a member? Sign up…it’s free & gives you a whole bundle of specials & member benefits!
Fine Wine Room at Bayswater Fine Wines
77 Bayswater Road Rushcutters Bay
Wednesday 10th April
6.30 – 8.30pm
See you there!

Cheers to 2019!

Cheers to 2019!

Happy New Year to all our Fine Wine Group customers and members! 2019 is finally upon us and is set to be one of our biggest years yet, with plenty of exciting wine class events, seasonal wine dinners, masterclasses, and much more to look forward to.

Looking back on 2018, it was a big year of growth and prosperity with the opening of our third store on Bayswater Rd. We’re very fortunate to have been so well received by the community, with close to 1000 customers from the area joining us as valued members. Our team has also grown significantly, with the addition of incredible new staff members such as Samantha from the USA and Simon joining us at our Bayswater store, and Salvatore from Sicily joining our Paddo team.

2019 is shaping up to be a great year, and we are so happy to be part of your local community. If you’re not currently a member, make sure you join at one of our stores in order to stay in the loop of any upcoming events and current specials, while also receiving our newsletter which returns in February. Membership is free with many benefits.

xx Your Fine Wine Team