Lisa Perrotti-Brown, editor-in-chief and Australia correspondent for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate has reviewed our new release wines, and awarded seven 90+ scores in all.
94+ points 2010 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Ironheart Shiraz (due for release in May 2013)
With a very deep garnet-purple color, the 2010 Ironheart Shiraz has a wonderfully expressive nose of red and black cherries, violets, licorice, cloves and chocolate. The firmly structured, taut palate has a generous amount of youthful, muscular fruit with ripe grainy tannins, refreshing acid, and a good long finish. Drink this one 2014 to 2025+.
93+ points 2010 Yangarra Estate Vineyard High Sands Grenache (due for release in May 2013)
A reserve label made only in the best vintages, the 2010 High Sands Grenache has a deep garnet-purple color and expressive notes of blackberry, black cherries and roses over touches of peppered salami, fertile loam and yeast extract. Medium to full-bodied and packed with muscular fruit, it has a solid backbone of medium to firm grainy tannins and refreshing acid, finishing long and layered. Drink it now to 2020+.
93+ points 2010 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Small Pot Whole Bunch Shiraz (sold out)
Only four barrels of the whole-bunch fermented 2010 Small Pot Shiraz were made. It casts a deep-purple color and gives a wonderfully perfumed nose of sweet cherries, crushed blueberries, lilacs and baking spices with hints of chocolate and cloves. Big, densely packed and full-bodied in the mouth, its opulence is well contained within a tight frame of medium to firm grainy tannins and crisp acidity, finishing with great persistence. Drink it 2014 to 2024+.
93 points 2010 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz (due for release in June 2013)
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Shiraz offers quite a floral nose with a core of dark fruits, blueberries and dark chocolate. Big, rich and voluptuous yet wonderfully balanced in the mouth, it has medium to firm finely grained tannins and a fresh acid line, finishing with good length. Approachable now, it should drink best 2014-2022+.
91 points 2011 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Old Vine Grenache
Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2011 Grenache is redolent of red cherries and black raspberries with wonderfully spicy / black pepper nuances plus whiffs of lavender and dusty earth. Medium-bodied and generously fruited with spiced red berry flavors, the opulent flesh is well structured with a medium level of velvety tannins and seamless acid lending just enough lift, finishing long. Drinking nicely now, it should cellar to 2018+. BUY HERE
90 points 2010 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Mourvedre
The 2010 Mourvedre has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and an earthy / meaty nose over a good core of ripe black fruits and a whiff of black olives. Full-bodied, rich and savory in the mouth, it has a medium to firm level of chewy tannins making for a more structured style, which the finish is long with some peppered notes coming through. Drink it now to 2017+. BUY HERE
90 points 2008 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Ironheart Shiraz
Deep garnet colored, the 2008 Ironheart Shiraz presents a pronounced nose of warm blueberry compote, just starting to evolve into sandalwood, baking spice and anise elements with a hint of meatiness. Very full-bodied and concentrated with berry preserve, prune and spice characters, it has a medium level of velvety tannins, a crisp acid backbone and a long finish. Drink it now to 2020. BUY HERE
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2011 Old Vine Grenache - 93 points
"Light but bright and clear crimson-purple; some estate-owned vineyards were able to rise above the challenges of the vintage, and some winemakers sorted the grapes berry by berry in the winery to achieve results such as this - a highly aromatic and pure red-berried wine, with supple mouthfeel and no hint of green fruit. Drink to 2018."
Link to online review: http://www.winecompanion.com.au/wines/yangarra-estate-old-vine-mclaren-vale-grenache-2011
2011 Yangarra Viognier - 92 points
"It’s Yangarra Estate winemaker Pete Fraser’s birthday tomorrow, which reminds me that I haven’t written this wine up. I heard a whisper that the winery is considering their relationship with Viognier going into the future, but if this and the 2007 release (tasted last year and still drinking very well) are anything to go by then I hope it holds its place. I think there are some plans regarding Grenache Blanc as well, which could make for a neat little white Rhone blend down the track.
Elegant yet varietal with fresh apricot flesh, lifted florals, ginger, savoury leesy characters and almonds. The nutty palate has good shape and definition with texture nurtured sensitively and to great effect. A downy softness envelopes the cool season’s acidity. Lovely wine; no hurry to drink it either, it should develop well. 92 Very Good"
Link to Wine Will Eat Itself: http://winewilleatitself.com/2013/01/08/2011-yangarra-estate-viognier/
2011 Yangarra Viognier - 93 points
"Well, you know, I’m on record as saying I don’t have much fun with Viognier, but every now and then a good one crops up.
Some chicken stock, fresh apricot, vanilla and florals with a good bit of spice which also manifests itself as a subtle ginger beer character – and I am partial to a bit of ginger beer, I must say. It’s bright, light and energetic with a lightly chalky texture and particularly fine acidity. Has length too. Pretty much spot on. None of your fat-grandma-style here, thanks very much."
Drink 2013 - 2018
Link to The Wine Front: http://www.winefront.com.au/yangarra-estate-viognier-2011/#.UOuNHKyBWSo