Olive Farm is the oldest winery in WA; for many years located in South Guildford, the move to the Swan Valley came around 2007, to a stunning purpose built, and architecturally award winning, winery in Millendon.
The Yurisich’s make a great array of top quality wine; their fortified wines the equal of any in Australia, with, in my mind, the exquisite Stari one of the truly great wines of Western Australia.
On a recent visit to try some of their newer releases, we came away with a lighter pocket (although the wines are great value – it was just the quantity purchased!) but with a carton or three of excellent wine, some of which is reviewed below.
2015 Viognier – straw coloured, with aromas of apricot, peaches and ginger spice, leading into a refined palate with a fine citrus edge, and tantalising acidity. Lovely current drinking with potential to develop over the next couple of years. (92)
2015 Pinot Gris – pale golden hue, tropical fruit aromas, and pear, honey and peach flavours, with an underlying citrus zest, some mid palate sweetness, and refreshing acidity. The first vintage of this variety and it is a cracker. (93)
2015 Rosé– a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, this is bright pink, with a lifted strawberry and cherry nose. The palate is redolent of cranberries and raspberries, a little mid palate sweetness, and finishing refreshing, crisp and dry. (92)
2011 Petit Verdot – lifted blackcurrant, violet and mint aromas, with sweet black fruit and chocolate on the palate. Quite chewy tannins lead on to a long, clean finish. This is yet another example of how well this variety goes in the Valley and should age well over the medium term. (94)
2014 Malbec – dark red, mulberry and plum aromas, with a hint of violets and tobacco. Chocolate notes abound on the palate, with dark plum flavours supported by fine tannins. Medium bodied this is great current drinking, but has the potential to develop over the next three to five years. (94)
2014 Durif – deep, dark red, sweet plum aromas with hints of liquorice and spice. Full bodied with mocha and chocolate notes, concentrated flavours of plum and distinctive nutmeg tones on the mid palate. I am a fan of this grape especially those from Rutherglen and the three WA examples I have tried are proof of the potential in this State. (95)
2010 Merlot – lifted plum and blackberry aromas, with a touch of vanilla and mint. Lovely sour cherry and plum flavours, with background peppery spice. (92)