New winemaker at Yarra Yering

Rising star winemaker Sarah Crowe moves into her new job at Yarra Yering (tastings) this week, following the departure of Paul Bridgeman.

Bridgeman is off to do new things, while Crowe, who worked at Brokenwood (tastings) and then Bimbadgen (tastings) in the Hunter Valley will be moving into a very different kind of region and winery when she steps onto the hallowed turf of Yarra Yering, founded by Dr Bailey Carrodus in the late ‘60s. Carrodus died in 2008, just as Bridgeman was starting as assistant winemaker.

Yarra Yering these days shares ownership with Barossa winery Kaesler (tastings). It continues as a quite eccentric outfit, with the same label hand-drawn by Carrodus himself, with its bunches of laurel leaves as tribute to his partner in life, Laurel, and quirky titles such as Dry Red Wine No. 1 (a cabernet-based Bordeaux blend – tastings) and Dry Red Wine No. 2 (Australia’s first shiraz viognier, dating back to 1986 – tastings).

The quality these days is more consistent than ever and there’s been major improvement in the white wines.

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