James Halliday rates Yangarra a 5-star winery

James Halliday has again awarded Yangarra his 5-star winery rating in the 2014 Australian Wine Companion.

Arguably Australia's most influential wine writer, James scored seven of our wines 92 points and above. We are thrilled with the results, check out below for the scores and comments:

95 points – Yangarra Small Pot Whole Bunch Shiraz 2010 (sold out)
“Strong purple-crimson, it’s a technique more common in cool regions but works very well here, with regional bitter chocolate and savoury black fruit flavours lifted by the spicy notes and extra texture from the use of whole bunches. Sophisticated winemaking.”
$45, 2011 Small Pot Shiraz available for purchase here

94 points – Yangarra High Sands Grenache 2010
“Deeply coloured, bright purple hue; the bouquet reveals black fruits, prune, mocha and licorice the palate is densely packed with tannins, ironstone minerality and is about as muscular a rendition of Grenache as can be achieved.”
$110, available for purchase here

94 points – Yangarra Ironheart Shiraz 2010
“Deep colour, bright; an uncompromising bouquet of essency red and dark fruits, with licorice and tar also on display; the palate is finely poised as the fresh acidity plays the perfect foil to the ample and chewy, medium-grained tannins that simply roll around the mouth, and provide a long and distinguished finish.”
$100, available for purchase here

94 points – Yangarra Estate Shiraz 2010
“Berry-sorting, 12% whole bunches, pre-fermentation cold soak and some carbonic maceration, wild yeast fermented, and kept on lees in French oak (20% new) for over 12 months has produced the best shiraz yet from Yangarra (other than Small Pot). Medium-to-full bodied, it has multiple layers of juicy black fruits, plus touches of licorice and dark chocolate supported by ripe tannins on the long finish.”
$25, available for purchase here

94 points – Yangarra GSM 2011
“Bright purple hue; an intoxicating and fragrant bouquet of spicy red fruits, earth tones and provencale garrigue; the medium bodied palate is juicy, meticulous, energetic and poised, offering harmony of all parts to conclude with a long and expansive finish.”
$28, available for purchase here

94 points – Yangarra Old Vine Grenache 2011
“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.”
$32, 2012 vintage available for purchase here

92 points – Yangarra Viognier 2011
“Medium yellow-green; the wine has clear varietal expression, with a mix of apricot, peach and citrus, the finish fresh, bracing and without any phenolic load.”
$25, available for purchase here

September 19th 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: shiraz, grenache, review, high sands, halliday, viognier, ironheart

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