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.
Sourced exclusively from Block 15 which lies amongst a gravelly ironstone outcrop (where the North Maslin Sand geology comes to the surface). Hand-picked, 25% whole bunches and the remainder has been destemmed, mechanical berry sorted and crushed. Cold soaked. Open fermenters. Plunged. Wild yeast fermented. No pressings are used in this wine. Kept on lees in 35% new French oak, 65% older French oak for 15 months. We select individual barrels which showcase the characters of the ironstone soil where the fruit grows.
Dried mint, sage, iodine, blackberry, spice. The region is stamped firmly on this wine. It picks up on the palate, with deep ferrous tannin, plenty more of that inky and sizzled sage leaf character, deep black fruit, menthol, bacon bone and black olive flavour, furry feel and a powerful finish of fennel and sage sausage. It offers a distinctive flavour profile, and it’s a curious wine in a way, high quality, but kind of overt. Tasted: May 2021; Alcohol: 14.5%; Price: $120; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2021-2030; Rated: 94 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Squid-ink-purple colour, scents of plush boysenberry, balsamic flowers and coffee. A rush of flavour, sweet red and black cherries, bacon fat, dried herbs and vanilla bean cradled by a full-body with svelte tannins. Showcasing flavour concentration, depth, opulence and long persistence to finish. Date Tasted: April 2021; Drink: 2021 to 2033; Price: $120.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 96 Points; Amanda Yallop; The Real Review
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