|Our Price: $29.99 / bottle (RRP: $35.00)||Case: 6 x 750ml|
'A whirl of perfectly ripe raspberries and red currants, patchouli and subtle Middle Eastern spices. The palate is tightly wound, with raspberry-like acidity, more pronounced tannins in the background. They'll meet up in time.'
95 Points - Wine Companion
Yangarra are known for Grenache, with many arguing that they are the finest proponents of this grape variety in Australia. Hard not to argue with that when you have a wine as complete as this one. Old vine Grenache, sourced from the sandy soils on their estate block and with some seriously careful, and thoughtful winemaking on the part of James Halliday Winemaker of the Year 2016 Peter Fraser. This wine is a cornerstone of expressing the estate.
Yangarra is a bio-dynamic wine farm in the northeast of the McLaren Vale region in South Australia. Their philosophy centres around producing southern Rhone varietal wines from the single vineyard estate.
Sourced solely from vines which were planted in 1946, these old bush vines are not irrigated and are pruned to an average of 20 buds per vine and shoot thinned to the same number in Spring to ensure there is balance to the canopy with each bunch being evenly spread.
The vineyard is certified Biodynamic (certification # 11587) with Australian Certified Organic. We have quite a practical approach, with our philosophy focused around healthy and alive soil, which involves no use of synthetic herbicides or fungicides, use of compost and biodynamic preparations, use of sheep in winter to graze under vine, and minimal mechanical soil disruption.
Region - Kangarilla
Vine Age - 69 Years
Elevation - 200 metres above sea-level
Soil Type - Weathered Sands
Viticulturist - Michael Lane
Winemaking - Hand-picked and received via a belt elevator, de-stemmed and then sorted via two sorting tables, resulting in tubs of perfectly whole berries, of which half are crushed. These tubs are then tipped into our open fermenters, where the must is cold-soaked for 5-6 days and undergoes wild fermentation. A careful regime of only plunging to minimize over extraction is carried out, before the wine was sent to older French barriques after about 12-14 days. No Pressings are used. The wine in barrel was kept on the yeast lees for approximately 8 months prior to blending. The wine received no fining, just filtration. Bottled in February 2016. Certified Biodynamic.
Alc/Vol - 14.5%, TA - 7.5 g/l, pH - 3.15
'From bush vines planted in ?46, 50% whole-berries, wild yeast and kept on lees in used French oak for 10 months. So fragrant it's breathtaking. To start, a whirl of perfectly ripe raspberries and red currants, patchouli and subtle Middle Eastern spices. The palate is tightly wound, with raspberry-like acidity, more pronounced tannins in the background. They'll meet up in time.'
95 Points - Wine Companion
'A savory and tangy red with hints of blueberries, meat and cloves. Medium to full body, chewy tannins, a fresh finish and citrus undertones. Drink now. Screw cap'
93 Points - James Suckling
'McLaren Vale grenache grown on bush vines, planted 1946. Meticulously berry-sorted prior to crushing. Cold soaked, wild fermented, left alone, pressings excluded, bottled unfined. Certified biodynamic.
Robust grenache, sizeable, slathered with toasty/creamy oak and plush throughout. Grenache with the works, sure, but complex. Deli meats, spices, redcurrant and plums. Lots of oak, too much arguably, but seductive with it. Intricately tannic yet overall it remains supple. Fabulous booze, so long as oak doesn’t annoy you. It drinks beautifully now but it has a future.'
93 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
'Pale to medium garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Grenache Old Vine has scents of cherry and strawberry preserves with hints of potpourri, baking spices, aniseed and dusty earth. Medium-bodied and packed with red berry coulis and spicy flavors, it has a solid frame of chewy tannins and a racy line carrying the fruit to a long finish.'
90 Points - Robert Parker (Lisa Perotti-Brown)
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