The Yarra Valley is another area which is overrated and underperforming. First, the strong influence of James Halliday has positioned the area as ideal for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It is clear, though, that the best Chardonnays come from other areas such as Western Australia, Adelaide Hills and various locations in Victoria. Equally, the Mornington Peninsula clearly outshines the Yarra Valley in Pinot.
Then there are people who say it is perfect for Cabernet: think Mount Mary, Yarra Yering and Yarra Yarra. A couple of days ago, I drank the 2004 Yarra Yarra, a Bordeaux blend. Boy, has this wine aged in a short space of time. The wine has not much expression, has limited mouthfeel and falls right off at the back palate. Disappointing.