Gary Walsh reviews the past eight years of Roussanne

Roussanne vertical tasting: 2008 to 2015 - From Gary Walsh, The Wine Front - June 2016

Just the ticket, tasting eight white wines shortly after breakfast, after a big night, after a big day’s tasting the previous day. Anyway, it was a beautiful crisp winters’ day in McLaren Vale, big doors slung open, cool breeze blowing in, rolling hills and vineyards the external vista, Mike B shuffling around in his tracksuit pants, tasting Shiraz, the internal one. That’s your mise en scène. Thanks to Pete Fraser for leaving the wines for us, and for making them so good.


2008 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Roussanne -  93-94 points

Dazzling golden colour. Spicy, waxy, nutty flavour with silky glossy texture cut by lemon zest acidity, honeycomb and cling peach, finishes bright and zingy. 2016-2020


2009 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Roussanne - 90 points

Funky estuarine smells, spice, low flavour, all tang and lemon with a slightly warm and loose finish. Like the spice and funk, and it looks pretty young, but doesn’t have a great deal of flavour or length. 2016-2020


2010 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Roussanne - 89 points

Honey and ripe line, briny, nectarine. Lightly toasty and honeyed, juicy lemon and fine acid cut, nice texture of gentle chalkiness, finishes with buttered lime marmalade on toast. Slight old butter character in the aftertaste. 2016-2018


2011 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Roussanne - 93 points

Slightly earthy, spice, delicate fruit, savoury style, bottle aged with crisp acidity and crunchy length. Lighter iteration, but thoroughly charming and interesting. 2016-2021


2012 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Roussanne - 93 points

Lemon curd, slight spice, light buttery tones, melon and juicy citrus acidity, good crunch on the finish and pleasing sense of harmony. Think this is just about in the zone. 2016-2020


2013 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Roussanne -  93-94 points

Preserved lemon, spice, fennel and honey. Bright and crunchy, with flesh and savoury flavours, cool acidity and chalky texture, long finish. Super release. 2016-2022


2014 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Roussanne - 94-95 points

Lemon barley, pie apple, honey and white flowers, touch of cedar and spice. Smooth, mellifluous tone, savoury and earthy with poached chicken and lemon zest. Super length. Beautiful complex wine. 2016-2022


2015 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Roussanne - 93+ points

Fresh perfumed, fennel seed, white flower and vanilla perfume, ripe lemon. Rich and almost creamy, maybe a little under-powered, but full of character. Airy kind of feel to it, and a good finish. Tasty. In evolution, but fine now too. 2017-2024

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