Yangarra Estate is a biodynamic wine farm in the McLaren Vale region in South Australia. The Yangarra philosophy centres around producing wines solely from its single-vineyard estate and the property is devoted to the best grape varieties of the southern Rhone. Yangarra's combination of rare geologies, moderate altitude, abundant sunshine and cool evening breezes make it perfect for growing varieties that thrive in these moderate maritime environments.
First release of this wine and the only wine we make that is not sourced from the Yangarra Estate. We felt with Grenache being our specialty that this small plot (0.9 ha) of Grenache planted in 1962 is incredibly well-suited to our portfolio of single block wines. Hand-picked on the 9th of March and mechanically berry sorted, 100% destemmed, crushed and then tipped into 1800 L ‘cocciopesto’ stone egg shaped amphoras. The fermentation occurred in the amphoras, with a gentle maceration of only wetting the cap, and remained on skins for 90 days. No pressings are used in this wine. Matured exclusively in the amphora for a further 8 months.
Naturally fermented in 1800L stone amphora with little agitation aside from wetting the cap. 90 days on skins. An additional 8 months in amphora. This cuvée is akin to the finest pinot; svelte, detailed and uplifting. Aromas of sour cherry, raspberry, rosewater, mace and orange zest. The superior wine of 2019 here, or at least what I've tasted to date. Stunning. The tannins, growing with air and the next sip. The finish, jitterbug energetic, chiselled and chamois of texture. Long and succulent. Another addition to the Australian stable of finessed world-class grenache. Drink to: 2027; Price: $60.00; Date Tasted: Dec 2020; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 93 Points & Special Value Star; Ned Goodwin MW; James Halliday Wine Companion
Spice, fresh raspberry, sage and dried mint and flowers. Crisp with a fresh crunch of pomegranate, slightly peppery, cool and perfumed, stony almost concrete dust tannin, flesh and succulence, with high cheekbones and fine tailoring. Love the cranberry dryness and fine grip of dusty tannin on a long raspberry sorbet finish. Beautiful expression of Grenache. Tasted: May 2021; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $60; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2021-2029+; Rated: 95 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
Pale garnet colour. Sappy, sultry, slate-like tannin hewn red of just shy of medium weight. Very fragrant, rose water, maraschino cherry, pot pourri. Beautiful perfume. Flavours are in the cherry-cranberry zone, those tannins though… and general sense of vitality and freshness. Excellent wine here. Structure, complexity, excellence. Tasted: May 2021; Alcohol: 14%; Price: $60; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2021-2029+; Rated: 94 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Aromas of five-spice, strawberries, raspberries and my nanna's garden (geraniums, roses etc). There's a bit of musk and herb action as well. The fruit flavours are bright, crunchy, perfumed and lively, with cherry, raspberry, some darker fruit notes at play as well as earthiness. There's a whole lot of other top stuff happening: it keeps unfolding in the glass. The tannins are a real feature. How does a wine that looks quite light in the glass get such a drive of serious tannin firmness and structure? Delicious stuff Date Tasted: Feb 2021; Drink: 2021 to 2028; Price: $60.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 96 Points; Aaron Brasher; The Real Review
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