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2013 Yangarra Estate Ironheart Shiraz

2013 Yangarra Estate Ironheart Shiraz

97 Halliday, 96 Perrotti-Brown, 96 Oliver, 95 Hooke... sensing a pattern here?

The Ironheart is, without question, one of Australia's superstars of Shiraz. That it is from Yangarra, and made by Peter Fraser, is no surprise. What is the real kicker, in our mind, is the price. It's a snip at $95, for this quality and calibre.

$96.00 Per Bottle


$95.00 (Buy 6 or More)

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  • Ironheart represents the most eloquent expression of Shiraz from the Yangarra Estate, grown on the most elite Shiraz block which they refer to simply as Block 15. The name Ironheart speaks to the reddish ironstone soils of this unique site.


    2013, much like 2012, was an early, low-yielding vintage which produced concentrated flavours. As with all of our wines, we use open-top fermenters, natural yeast fermentation and employ a careful regime of plunging, drain and returns to get the right balance of extraction. We fill 25% of the fermenter with whole clusters which adds some texture and complexity.

    The wine is kept on the yeast lees for at least 12 months without any movement from barrel. We only use about 40% new French oak, and the remainder tends to be 1 and 2 year old barrels.


    As a young wine the typical dark fruit aromas are elusive, but on the palate the power and concentration of the fruit unfolds, with big soft tannins so typical from this site, and the iron-like sanguine finish.


    'From two vineyard blocks on a gravelly ironstone outcrop, a barrel selection that is said to focus on ironstone characters. Hand-picked, cold soak, 25% whole bunches, wild-fermented, matured in French oak (40% new) for 15 months. Sombre, earthy black fruits are so intense they momentarily stop the heart from beating. The texture and mouthfeel are such that they throw down the gauntlet to anyone seeking to drink more than a glass at this early (indeed far too early) stage of its life. The balance is spot on the money, so the long term future is assured.'
    97 Points - James Halliday

    'The 2013 Ironheart Shiraz is another total beauty from Yangarra. The perfume alone is enough to make you swoon! Laced with violets, molten chocolate, cherry liquor, lavender and exotic spices with subtle incense nuances, it's one of those glasses that compels you to sniff again and again. The palate is very restrained and taut at this youthful stage, with firm, grainy tannins and a lively backbone framing the concentrated fruit, finishing long and minerally. Simply stunning.'
    96 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    'A very sophisticated Australian burgundy style whose deep, restrained fruit and smoky oak and tightly wrapped around a drying, powdery spine. Its dark-fruited aromas of cassis, blackberries and dark plums are handsomely backed by charry, coffee grounds and chocolatey oak. Its long, supple and elegant, with a dark, palate-staining presence of piercing fruit supported by dusty, charry oak and pliant, textured tannins, culminating in a finely balanced and lively finish that suggests a long cellaring future.'
    96 Points - Jeremy Oliver

    'Very deep, dark red-purple hue and a tremendously concentrated aroma of graphite, pepper, spices and earth. It's very full-bodied and dense, concentrated and firm with tight tannins and relatively little fruit sweetness. Instead, there's amazing structure. The whole-bunch component gives a vegetal note to the complex bouquet. A very big, muscular, powerful wine which needs ages. '

    95 Points - Huon Hooke