All too often the Yarra Valley gets cast in the shadows of Coonawarra and the Margaret River when winos discuss Australia's premier cabernet region. A quick look at some of the names in the region (Mount Mary, Yarra Yering, Yarra Yarra, Yeringberg etc.) should quickly dispel any reservations about the Yarra's ability to produce Australia's best cabernet. Constellation's Yarra Burn tend towards a firm, dry and medium-bodied cabernet, with adequate bottle age at time of release.
Freshly scented with gorgeous minty/herbal nuances, berry fruits, plums and smoky chocolate/cedar oak, Yarra Burn's 2006 displays classic Yarra beauty throughout both aroma and palate. With deep layers of bright, silky flavour it enters the palate with a sensual elegance (which actually matches the packaging!), moving on to reveal vibrant berry and plum flavours wrapped up by fresh, toasty mocha oak and a rather approachable extract of grainy tannins, which leave the mouth feeling agreeably dry but not too dry. It's sumptuously textured, generously flavoured, beautifully balanced and much more approachable than the 2005 (89pts, drink 2015-17), but it just lacks the complexity and powerful structure required for an even higher score.
ü The large scale winemaking is noticeably evident in this very polished, perhaps predictably delicious red, but all the same, you don't see too many Yarra Valley cabernets of this quality at such a price (especially in Adelaide). Classy, wintry wine. Drink to 2016.