Grown on a 2-acre block on sandy, ironstone gravel soils. Hand-picked and mechanically sorted. 50% whole berries were used with the remaining fruit destemmed. Cold soaked until the onset of wild fermentation. This was followed by a careful regime of plunging and drain and returns. The resulting wine was kept on lees in 100% older French oak for 10 months. No fining occured, just filtration.
The Yangarra philosophy centers around producing wines solely from our single-vineyard estate, where our bush-vine Grenache is the keystone variety. With our feet firm in history, and our eyes on the horizon, Yangarra Estate now exists to deliver the essence of this beautiful place to your glass. McLaren Vale folks like to think that their region on the Gulf St Vincent, patron of viticulturers, has “the best Mediterranean climate on Earth.” With this foremost in mind, Yangarra Estate is devoted solely to producing wines from the best grape varieties of the southern Rhone, which lies on the north-west Mediterranean coast. 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. Our respect of this special piece of country is evident in the wines we make from its grapes - every Yangarra Estate wine is a confident reflection of the nature of this land.
STEVE LESZCZYNSKI - QWINE
A delight to drink really. One of those wines I'd rather happily sip away than ponder the thought of a review. But alas, here we are writing about this beauty we have on our hands. The use of older oak has certainly ensured the fruit bounds along. Attractive purple and blue fruit aromas are woven between aniseed and mulberries. Some earthiness lurches forward with a tap of minerality. Dried herbs raise their hand before long too. Exotic spices and dashes of pepper move along at ease. Drying to finish, almost puckering, before tight acidity wraps up a neat package urging another sip. Superb!
TONI PATERSON MW - THE REAL REVIEW
It is always interesting to see varietal mourvèdre, and this is a very deep, plush and luscious example. Rich blackberry and mulberry flavours with the intensity centred on the mid-palate, and savouriness on the finish. Though there is also refreshing bright acidity which gives the wine a lift. I love the complex tannin network that gently frames the fruit. Don't be afraid to give the wine plenty of air, and use a large glass to release its true character.
There’s a rich array of ripe dark plums and blueberries on offer here, in a youthful, fresh mode. The palate has trademark, deep-gauge tannins and dark-blue-fruit flavors. Firm and full of character. Certified organic.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Very deep, youthful red/purple colour with a dusty, earthy, terracotta note to its bouquet - a savouriness that it's tempting to deduce is derived from the ceramic fermenters they use from time to time. It trumps the varietal fruit aromas. The wine has good intensity and concentration, density and texture, with ample powdery, drying tannins and good length. An unusual and worthy style of mataro.