The 2018 Halliday Wine Companion has just hit shelves and we are thrilled to share the results with you. Along with a suite of very pleasing scores we have also been fortunate enough to be named in the Top Ten Best Value Wineries. The 2015 High Sands Grenache and 2016 Roux Beauté Roussanne have also been listed amongst the Best of the Best By Variety.

2014 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Ironheart Shiraz | 97pts
The flagship shiraz with fruit off two blocks, 25% whole bunches, wild yeast, French oak 40% new, aged 15 months then a barrel selection. Quality control in check. It effortlessly reaches a depth of flavour and presence while retaining its verve. Smells of a spice shop next door to a baker, with the dark fruit in line with sprightly acidity and shapely if firm tannins. Stunning now, even brighter future. Drink by 2038

2014 Yangarra Estate Vineyard High Sands Grenache | 97pts
Fruit off Block 31 from the highest section - 210m and the deepest sand for the ?46 planted bush vines. 50% whole berries, wild yeast and on lees in used French oak for 1 year. No need for winemaking accoutrements - a pure expression of that discrete spot. Perfectly modulated, the tannins enmeshed with the fruit from whence they came, excellent fruit yet the most savoury and earthy toned and deepest of the three Grenaches. Drink by 2034

2015 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Ovitielli Grenache | 96pts
A name change: goodbye Small Pot Ceramic Egg, hello Ovitelli, sounds classier. Still made in (two) ceramic egg vessels, destemmed fruit, 50% crushed and on skins for 140 days. The heady aromatics greet and promise more good things to come. superfine acidity, the pure line of fruit tannin, the energy and joy in this wine, quite profound. Drink 2032

2015 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Roux Beauté Roussanne | 96pts
Using two ceramic egg vessels, half the fruit is fermented on skins for 160 days in one, the other half with juice only. The final outcome a 60/40% blend respectively. What a wine. Complex yet refined, notes of preserved ginger, herbal tea, honey comb and clotted cream with neat phenolics and gossamer-like acidity. Drink by 2032

2015 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Old Vine Grenache | 95pts
From bush vines planted in ?46, 50% whole-berries, wild yeast and kept on lees in used French oak for 10 months. So fragrant it's breathtaking. To start, a whirl of perfectly ripe raspberries and red currants, patchouli and subtle Middle Eastern spices. The palate is tightly wound, with raspberry-like acidity, more pronounced tannins in the background. They'll meet up in time. Drink by 2029

2016 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Viognier | 95pts
It's viognier but not as you know it. It's not big, fat nor riddled with apricots. Instead, it's savoury and really textural with grilled nuts, jasmine rice, a creamed-honey leesy character and saline-like acidity. As good as it gets and stylishly so. Drink by 2021

2015 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz | 95pts
Estate fruit, 50% whole berries, a portion of whole bunches, wild ferment and aged in French oak 25% new for 17 months. Excellent dark-purple hue; succulent and velvety texture with some power to the chiselled tannins, savoury yet pristine fruit the key. Drink by 2032

2015 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Mourvedre | 95pts
It has more perfume and lift than most with currants, Treviso radicchio, crushed gravel and cinnamon quills. Ripe tannins and sprightly acidity are in sync, with the latter in the driver's seat. Come along for the ride. Drink by 2025

2015 Yangarra Estate GSM | 95pts
One of the noticeable traits about Yangarra's wines, GSM in particular, there's nothing harsh or worked, there's a purity of fruit that comes through, the balance of tannins to acidity, and this not shy with the latter. The right amount of spice and flavour and most importantly, crafting a really, delicious drink. Drink by 2024

2016 Yangarra Estate Roussanne | 95pts
Whole berries, basket-pressed to French oak, 5% new, wild ferment and 7 months on lees. While there's a whisper of nashi pears, daikon, camomile, fennel and white pepper, this runs on a savoury track with fine acidity keeping it from ever becoming too big. Lovely drink. Drink by 2022

2016 Yangarra Estate PF Shiraz | 93pts
Pure fruit. Peter Fraser. Preservative Free. All fit. Absolutely no additions, only filtration before bottling. Clean as a whistle, fabulous colour, brimming with dark fruit, choc-wheaten biscuits, spice and crunchy acidity. Drink by 2019

August 4th 2017 | 0 Comments | Tags: wine, shiraz, grenache, review, mclaren vale, wine companion, james halliday, south australian wine

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