Since 2000 Peter Fraser has been the winemaker and driving force behind Yangarra Estate Vineyard.
Peter focuses much of his attention on the vineyards and his team. When it comes to winemaking philosophy he believes it is just as important, and he stands by some key foundations of sensitivity, observation and experience. It’s about nurturing and manicuring each of the blocks, and ultimately connecting them to the wine. It’s about picking with freshness, with balanced acidity, and not excessive alcohol. It’s about gentle yet detailed handling in the winery, the use of supportive larger format oak and the purity of ceramic eggs and amphora. He feels strongly about innovation, challenging the detail in every step, the one percenters, and it is those little details that bring everything together.
Summary of Major Accolades:
2018 - Finalist - Wine Enthusiast magazine (USA) wine star awards, “Winemaker of the Year”
2017 – Finalist - Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine “Winemaker of the Year”
2015- James Halliday Wine Companion, 2016 “Winemaker of the Year”
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Horticulturer, viticulturer, vineyard manager, custodian of the land
Michael has been the manager of our vineyard since 2000, and has worked over these years with Peter to implement vineyard practices that ensure our wines are a confident reflection of this land. He is passionate about biodynamics and counts Yangarra’s switch to environmentally responsible vineyard practices as its biggest advantage.
“These techniques give our wines a better chance to reflect their particular sites. They are more individual and more expressive of their location.
“It’s better: better for the land and better for the people who no longer have to handle those old chemicals.”
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