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2014 Yangarra High Sands Grenache

2014 Yangarra High Sands Grenache

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$124.99 (Buy 6 or More)

14.5%
Screw Cap
McLaren Vale
2014
750ml
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BOTTLE(S)
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$136.99
14.5%
Screw Cap
McLaren Vale
2014
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • High Sands is Yangarra's Grail. It captures the essence of their prized old vines. High Sands means intense, brilliant, taut yet harmonious, serene, wholesome and complex. High Sands is grown on the highest point of the white/grey, ancient sandy dunes, on the very top of their Estate. The gnarly old bush vines were planted by Frederick Arthur Smart and his sons in 1946. His eldest son, Bernard Smart still lives adjacent to the property and still farms Grenache at Clarendon.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • The fruit was hand-picked, 100% de-stemmed and mechanically berry-sorted, with only 50% of that crushed. 5 day cold soak at approximately 10 degrees. The wild fermentation is encouraged as the tank is warmed to approximately 20 degrees. We only plunge during the fermentation. No pressings are used.

    10 months maturation, 100% older French Oak.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 97 POINTS

    JANE FAULKNER - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    Fruit off Block 31 from the highest section - 210m and the deepest sand for the ?46 planted bush vines. 50% whole berries, wild yeast and on lees in used French oak for 1 year. No need for winemaking accoutrements - a pure expression of that discrete spot. Perfectly modulated, the tannins enmeshed with the fruit from whence they came, excellent fruit yet the most savoury and earthy toned and deepest of the three Grenaches.

    96 POINTS

    GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT


    Beautiful fragrance here – fresh field roses, raspberry, aniseed and dried mint, almost a chocolate thing going on too. Medium bodied, gentle sweep of sweet fine grained tannin, plump red berries lend succulence, but it’s not confected or gooey in any sense. Dusty and spicy, great length of flavour, with earthy tannin grounding it and pushing it long. Incredibly good wine. Hard to choose between the 2013 and 2014. The former with maybe more length and impact, the latter all grace and charm. 96+ points, though could even twist my arm to 97.

    95 POINTS

    STEVE LESZCZYNSKI - QWINE


    Give this some time to catch its breath and it sings harmoniously. Hoisin and soy slide underneath dark berry fruits and subtle dried herb nuances. Aromas of purple flowers continue to shine with a gorgeous profile moving with ease through the mouth. Waves of fine spices roll through freely with fruit and acid perfectly balanced. Elegant and precise perhaps summarise this best. Wow!

    95 POINTS

    LISA PERROTTI-BROWN MW - WINE ADVOCATE


    The 2014 Grenache High Sands has a medium garnet-purple color and opens with the most incredible perfume of violets, black forest cake and mulberries with hints of star anise, underbrush, tapenade and cloves plus a waft of Sichuan pepper. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is densely packed with berry, earth and spice layers, supported by firm grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length.

    95 POINTS

    HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW


    Deep red colour with a good purple tint; the bouquet is sweetly ripe and berry-like, with some seaspray-like notes. The palate is rich and deep, opulent and flavoursome, with charm and character. It's very intense, powerful, concentrated and long on the finish. The tannins are ample and firm, and oak is beautifully handled and under-played. A superb, luxurious wine.

    95 POINTS

    TONI PATERSON MW - THE REAL REVIEW


    Winemaker Peter Fraser has crafted a serious, structured, aromatically captivating grenache, of a style rarely seen in Australia, with intense red and black fruits and a complex tannin profile. It is made from old vines grown in white/grey sand and undergoes meticulous berry sorting before a wild fermentation; the result being a wine with great purity and clarity. Alluring, charming florals are gradually unveiled as the wine sits in the glass, and the progression of flavour is simply outstanding. Sweet-fruited, tight, concentrated and bright. Needs some time, but the patient will be amply rewarded