On-Board with Brad Rathbone, Cellar Door Manager at Yering Station Wines!
Attention wine enthusiasts! Today we catch up with Brad Rathbone, Cellar Door Manager at Yering Station Wines. Brad gave us an insight into what makes Yering wines so unique, as well as some great food & wine combinations.
What’s your background and how did you come to work at Yering station?
I have worked in the wine industry since I was 14 years old. (20 years). Due to it being the family business I was born into it. From picking and pruning, working on the bottling lines, to now managing the restaurant and cellar door.
What does your typical day look like?
My typical day starts at 9:30am when I arrive at cellar door, I look at the bookings and set up for numerous groups we have throughout the day. I taste the wines that we will serve and brief the staff about what needs to happen. The team and I then spend the day serving greeting and welcoming guests to Yering Station, taking them through our signature tastings. By 5 o’clock I cash off, clean and lock up, and sometimes have a glass of wine before heading home.
What’s your favourite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is getting to work with such great wines and amazing people.
What is unique about your wines?
What makes Yering stations wines unique is the hard work, dedication and passion that goes into making them as well as the quality of grapes and oak used.
Favourite Yering Station Wine at the moment?
At the moment I am loving the 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir for its sweet raspberry taste that moves into rounded earthly tannins.
Best wine for newbie wine drinkers?
Our 2013 village Cabernet is best for new wine drinkers as it is a heavy bold red with age. The 2017 off dry Riesling is another good choice for new wine drinkers due to its freshness, sweetness and balanced acid.
Do you have a specialty wine?
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are what the Yarra Valley is known for. If you are looking for a unique wine our Shiraz Viogner is amazing.
What are your favourite wine & food combinations?
– Yering Station Shiraz Viogner and lamb
– Duck and Yering Station Pinot Noir
– For something really special, Yarrabank sparkling crème de cuvee and pancakes.
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