We are absolutely thrilled to congratulate our winemaker, Peter Fraser, on his award for Australia’s best winemaker at James Halliday’s Wine Companion awards last night. Halliday selected Peter and Yangarra from more than 1,300 Australian wineries to award this prestigious title. He also released the scores of his new 2016 Wine Companion book, with all ten of Yangarra’s new release wines at 94 points and above! We couldn't be happier.

2014 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Roussanne – 94 points (sold out)

2014 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Viognier – 95 points (sold out)
Hand-picked from the 1.4ha estate block, whole bunch basket pressed, predominantly tank fermented, then used French oak for 4 months, lees-stired. In typical Yangarra fashion, it has captured the best bits of Viognier, impressive to say the least, especially its fruit on the finish. 362 dozen made. Screwcap. 12% alc. Rating 95 To 2020

2013 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz – 96 points
12 vineyard blocks; 50% whole berries, 20% whole bunches open-fermented. deep, but bright, crimson-purple; this is full bodied McLaren Vale Shiraz at its very best, not the least extractive or clumsy, simply complex, the result of top-quality fruit and highly intelligent winemaking. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 96 To 2038

2013 Yangarra Estate Vineyard GSM – 95 points
A blend of 49% grenache, 29% shiraz and 22% mourvedre. Hand-picked, mechanically sorted, 50% whole berries, cold soak, open fermenters, plunged, wild yeast-fermented, kept on lees in 100% used French oak for 9 months. Brilliant hue; the wine effortlessly communicates its distinguished breeding, the medium-bodied palate with a silken line of fruit, then a thin coat of fine, savoury tannins. 1511 dozen made. Screwcap. 14% Rating 95 To 2028

2013 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Old Vine Grenache – 95 points
From bush vines planted ’46 in Blewitt Springs’ sandy soils; hand-picked, mechanically sorted, 50% whole berries, cold soak, open-fermented, wild yeast, on lees in used French oak for 9 months. Bright crimson; a grenache with serious intent, its tightly focused and structured palate way above the norm, the pure core of bright red fruits precisely delineated and very long. For the long haul. 14.5% alc. Screwcap. Rating 95 points To 2038

2013 Small Pot Ceramic Egg Grenache – 96 Points (limited)
Destemmed and mechanically berry sorted, 50% crushed, tipped into two 675l ceramic eggs. Fermentation occurs in the eggs; remains on skins for 120 days post-fermentation, the pressings not used. The colour is clear and bright; a perfumed bouquet, then a palate brimming with bright red fruits supported by a spider web of ultra-fine tannins. It is the perfume that is so extraordinary. 94 dozen made. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 96 To 2023

2013 Yangarra Small Pot Whole Bunch Shiraz – 96 points (limited)
Open-fermented, hand plunged, 25% whole bunches, cold soak, wild yeast, on lees 15 months in French oak (15% new), barrel selection. Bright colour introduces a wine that skips along a sunlit path, the black cherry fruit with flashes of chocolate, oak and tannins coming and going, here one moment, gone the next, then back again. 297 dozen made. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 96 To 2033

2013 Yangarra Roux Beaute Roussanne – 96 points (limited - 3 bottles max order)
50% fills a 675l ceramic egg, foot-trodden and fermented on skins, remaining there for 120 days before pressing; the other 50% is pressed into a second ceramic egg and fermented off skins. The fresh varietal fruit is held in a distinct chalky/pithy embrace, the length and balance faultless. The fascinating question is how long it will live. 68 dozen made. Screwcap 13.5% alc. Rating 96 To 2025

2012 Yangarra Ironheart Shiraz – 97 points (limited)
Hand-picked, open fermented, 15 months on lees in French oak (40% new). Full, deep crimson-purple; this is a Shiraz with some of the accoutrements of Cabernet Sauvignon, but without any loss of its core identity; black fruits have great depth and tannin structure, the depth not greater than the length. Power and balance, and an unqualifiedly long future. 372 dozen made. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 97 To 2052 $100

2012 Yangarra High Sands Grenache – 97 points (limited – 3 bottles max order)
From the highest section (210m) of the ’46 bush-vine Grenache, hand-picked, mechanically sorted, cold soak, open fermented, hand-plunged, wild yeast- fermented, on lees in used French oak for 12 months. Deep, bright colour; the complex dark fruits of the bouquet lead into a palate of exceptional depth and dimension, not least the firm tannins more often encountered in Cabernet than Shiraz, and almost never in Grenache. Amazing. 160 dozen made. Screwcap. 14% alc. Rating 97 To 2042 $125

January 1st 2016 | 0 Comments | Tags: wine, mclaren vale, peter fraser, south australia, wine companion, james halliday, halliday awards

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