Anthony Keys of The Keys Report wrote an editorial piece and reviewed six of Yangarra’s wines. Please see below for the reviews and you can also click here for the full editorial.
2015 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Mourvèdre – 97 points
This is the vinous equivalent of puddings with names such as death by chocolate. It offers so much pleasure it should only be sold to those of strong heart, deep passions and apprehension of sensuality. Let’s not spoil such beauty with winespeak.
2014 Yangarra Estate Vineyard ‘Old Vine’ Grenache - 96 points
I got violets on the nose but others may find different smells. There’s a soft, juicy, raspberry start, which is often why (in my opinion) grenache isn’t taken seriously. It’s from the centre to the end that the magic appears. Complex flavours emerge, twisting and dancing around each other as in a pagan rite of fertility. After the dance of flavours there is the soft tranquility of cool reflection on the beauty of the wine.
2016 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Roussanne - 95 points
Twisting the glass in different directions, one can see hints of green or yellow. It’s rich on the nose, as in a faint scent of a rose. There is also a hint of damp, fresh earth. In the mouth it oozes across the palate (if the taster takes time) with a slight herbal edge to the richer apricot central spine. The wine rolls to the centre, where all flavours combine and finish the journey building in intensity, with great satisfaction for the drinker.
2014 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz – 95 points
Oh, so naughty. The nose is all those sexy pheromones that one senses but can’t define or pin. It’s full at the front of the mouth but not heavy, and sashays across the palate to end in glory.
2015 Yangarra Estate Vineyard GSM - 95 points
One of the world’s great blends, this works on many levels, with a basket of red/black fruits skipping along on the upper level, and a sound base of acid/tannin supporting underneath
2016 Yangarra Estate Vineyard ‘PF’ Shiraz - 93 points
Not only biodynamic but preservative free, this has to tick many boxes for some wine drinkers. Black berry and plum fruits on the nose, medium weight on entry, well balanced on the journey and complete on the finish.
2016 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Viognier - 92 points
From the estate plantings, biodynamically farmed, hand picked and sent to winery to natural ferment. It hangs out in tank mostly but some older oak is also applied. It’s a good thing to drink, I reckon. Would love to be on the White House (the Yangarra ‘mansion’) patio drinking this on a summer’s night pre dinner. Feels like a good thing to start an evening with.
Subtle, fine, elegant expression of viognier. Has a soft, nutty complexion amongst the faint apricot, ripe apple, peach kisses in flavour. It’s very long, supple, licked at its heels with oatmeal savouriness, finishes with a quick zest of mixed citrus. So very easy to like the calm, even nature of this wine, and flavours are pleasing. Almost like a comfort white.
2015 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Mourvèdre - 94 points
Certified biodynamic in the vineyard. This has been a bit of a coup from Yangarra, in past. Mourvèdre seems to be a forte of winemaker Peter Fraser and team. Sanguine stuff here, bleeds with the variety in perfume, spice, herbs, earth and medium weight. McLaren Vale’s elite.
Somewhere between pinot noir and nebbiolo, in a way, this is wildly, highly perfumed, silky textured, just medium weight, fine and slender, fruity yet hedged with savoury-herbal detail. It’s a wine that bolshy red wine lovers will get into for its purple-feeling, ripe fruit and sweet spice, but those who want finesse from their wines will equally enjoy for its sheath of very firm yet feathery tannin and sleek profile. Highest quality tannin. Plenty of life here. Lots to go too. Very good.
2015 Yangarra Estate Vineyard GSM - 91 points
Old vine grenache makes up the thrust of this wine. It’s from organically grown (certified) vineyards. McLaren Vale does GSMs very well, I reckon. Let the shiraz play second fiddle to the region’s better red grape variety, I say.
It’s a nice thing to drink, easy thing to drink, feels smooth, even and tidy-ish in its components. That being said, oak peeks out a bit in old spice cupboard, pencil shavings and twigginess in perfume and palate, but there’s just about enough dark fruit, Xmas cake dried fruits and spice and earthiness to move things along. Just medium weight, finishes a touch short with smudged dusty tannins. Again, nice drink.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate, reviewed numerous Yangarra Estate Vineyard wines in Part 2 of her Annual South Australia Report which was released today. We are humbled to report that our wines received some outstanding reviews including scores of 97+ points for the 2013 High Sands Grenache, 96+ points for our 2013 Ironheart Shiraz and 95 points for our Whole Bunch Shiraz
Please see below for the reviews.
2013 Yangarra Estate Vineyard High Sands Grenache - 97+ points
"The 2013 Grenache High Sands has a medium/deep ruby-purple color and simply stunning nose of crushed raspberries, Bing cherries and potpourri with hints of lavender, star anise, vanilla, cinnamon stick and pepper. The concentrated, full-bodied palate juxtaposes remarkable freshness and a firm, finely grained backbone with voluptuous fruit spanning extraordinary depth. Heady, multilayered and yet with a solid backbone that suggests great ageing potential, Yangarra hits a whole other level with this vintage of High Sands! It's delicious now, but should greatly reward another 3-5 years of patience and drink a further 20+ years. Wow."
2013 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Ironheart Shiraz - 96+ points
"The 2013 Ironheart Shiraz is another total beauty from Yangarra. The perfume alone is enough to make you swoon! Laced with violets, molten chocolate, cherry liquor, lavender and exotic spices with subtle incense nuances, it's one of those glasses that compels you to sniff again and again. The palate is very restrained and taut at this youthful stage, with firm, grainy tannins and a lively backbone framing the concentrated fruit, finishing long and minerally. Simply stunning."
2014 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Small Pot Whole Bunch Shiraz - 95 points
"Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Small Pot Whole Bunch Shiraz offers youthfully subdued peeks of fragrant blackberry and black cherry aromas with hints of black pepper, loam, dried herbs and lavender. The palate is rock solid and packed with blackberry and earth flavors supported by firm, rounded tannins and great freshness, finishing long."
2014 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Roux Beaute Roussanne - 90+ points
"The 2014 Roux Beaute Roussanne offers up a wonderfully spicy perfume of ginger and allspice over a savory / bready core with honeyed apricots beneath it all. Medium-bodied with a nice bit of grip to the texture, it has plenty of savory / spicy flavors on offer with great balance and length. Should age nicely over the next 5-7 years."
With the recent release of the 2017 Halliday Wine Companion, we are excited to share that seven of our wines scored 95 points or above, including 2013 High Sands Grenache, 2013 Ironheart Shiraz and 2014 Whole Bunch Shiraz all scoring 97 points!
Please see below for the reviews
2013 Yangarra Estate Vineyard High Sands Grenache - 97 points
“This is in another league altogether. There is a total fusion between the fruit and tannins first up, oak likewise subsumed by the fruit. There is a bright display of a blaze of red fruits, so vivid that the structural components are relegated to the back of the stage, where they will remain for the life of the wine. Screwcap. 14.8% alc. Rating 97 To 2033.”
2013 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Ironheart Shiraz - 97 points
“Sombre, earthy black fruits are so intense they momentarily stop the heart from beating. The texture and mouthfeel are such that they throw down the gauntlet to anyone seeking to drink more than a glass at this early (indeed far too early) stage of its life. The balance is spot on the money, so the long-term future is assured. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 97 To 2053.”
2014 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Whole Bunch Shiraz - 97 points
“Great aromas don't prepare you for the full-bodied palate, every crevice of the mouth filled with velvety black fruits, bitter chocolate, liquorice and spice. The balance is such that drinking it now is no crime, however fast into the distant future the wine will run. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 97 To 2049.”
2014 Yangarra Estate Vineyard GSM - 96 points
“Excellent depth to the colour; this is mighty mouthful, somewhere between Guigal and Chateau Rayas in style, a veritable volcano or red and purple fruits that do, however, want to be enjoyed sooner rather than later. First-class wine. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 96 To 2020.”
2014 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Ceramic Egg Grenache - 96 points
“The fruit comes into play early, and continues its dominance through the length of the palate, its juicy red berry/compote fruits not letting the ever-present tannins gain control. Whether it’s the eggs or the fruit, it has more overall power than its siblings. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 96 To 2020.”
2014 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz - 95 points
“Everything falls into place, the design of the jigsaw puzzle taking place post haste. McLaren Vale fruit essence, with black fruits and potent dark chocolate looking as much to the sky as the earth, the whole bunch elements adding a twist to the main design, eloquent tannins also making a significant contribution. Screwcap 14% alc. Rating 95 To 2034
2014 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Old Vine Grenache - 95 points
“The lightish colour is misleading: the wine has a cascade of red fruits, with a slightly unexpected brush fence of ripe tannins, important now as much as in the future, when they will fuse back into the wine. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 95 To 2029.”