Our good friend Philip White has written up the Icon wines on his highly read blog DRINKSTER : The reviews are quite long so we won’t copy them all here, please check out the blog for full comments, a couple of highlights are below.
ROUX BEAUTE 2013, 93+++, “I don't know of any white wine like it. It's lush and calming and gentle, and then long and slow, with those dusty tannins drawing the wine to an extreme and drooly length.”
HIGH SANDS 2012 95+++, “The wine is austere and dry and velvety. It has great intensity in a supple, slender manner, and relentless dusty--no, it's sandy--tannin. So all at once it manages to tease and tantalise and give you a good solid whacking like you've never before had from a Grenache.”
IRONHEART 2012 94+++, “It's a surly, soulful, essence of Shiraz, dusty like the summer winds, irony like that smell of a rusted galvo shed in a sprinkle of rain, and all plum pudding below, oozing suety dough, partially-dried fruits, like glazed cherries, figs and molasses… All that aromatic complexity aside, the wine is dense yet elegant to drink.”
2013 YANGARRA OLD VINE GRENACHE – 4.5/5 Stars
“Yangarra's latest grenache and blends releases are a marvel, this from 60-plus-year-old vines on Blewitt Springs sandy soils nurtured into the winery with all the current techniques that let the grapes and location express themselves without being impeded. Gloriously plump and juicy with distinctive cold meat-like highlights — not unusual for the variety — with subtle exotic spices.” – Tony Love
Yangarra “Old Vine” McLaren Vale Grenache 2013: Oh so earthy, on the nose it’s the smell of damp soil which gives it a feral edge. In taste it’s an individual slightly wild and very gorgeous, it’s a lady one doesn’t insult but treats with great respect, 95 points bargain at $32
Yangarra McLaren Vale Viognier 2014: I love viognier especially Australian viognier, although I admit I haven’t tried the great Chateau Grillet for some time and I’m looking forward to a trip to Virginia later this year to see how it fares there. But for now Australia; what is notable is the texture, they are rich sensuous wines. This Yangarra made by Peter Fraser is pure delight, for me it is the taste equivalent of when I watch the sun rise at Australia’s most eastern point just south of Byron Bay. As I drink the wine (bugger tasting) it’s the feel of the sun on the body and knowing I am amongst the first in Australia that day to feel it, 95 points and well worth $25
The Wine Front review four Yangarra new releases
The boys at cult wine blog The Wine Front have reviewed four of Yangarra's new release wines, with all four receiving 92 points or over.
YANGARRA ESTATE VINEYARD ROUSSANNE 2014 – 94 points, Gary Walsh
“Lemon barley, white flowers and vanilla bean, pie apple and cinnamon. Medium bodied, fleshy smooth and chalky texture, just right acidity, savoury and creamy, punctuated by lime and lemon rind on a pretty long finish. Complex and interesting. Could even turn the head of a committed Chardonnay drinker."
YANGARRA ESTATE VINEYARD OLD VINE GRENACHE 2013 – 93 points, Gary Walsh
"This is a bit more serious than your average South Australian Grenache. Leaf litter, spice, cherries, raspberry, potpourri, new leather etc. etc. Medium to full bodied, driven and controlled by firm dry earthy tannin that lends the wine seriousness, and structure. Raspberry, mineral feel, clutch of dried herbs, balanced freshening acidity, slight warmth of alcohol, then a crunch of dry tannin meets essence of raspberry on the finish. Significant wine I think."
YANGARRA ESTATE VINEYARD GSM 2013 – 92+ points, Mike Bennie
"The wine is certain in structure, offers chewy fruit, some tendrils of cedar curling through the riper flavours, a spike of lemony tang distracts in the finish, but it’s bold and heady in floral, ripe fruit-and-spice aromas which drag you back to the glass. Has a feel of something you want to cellar after you have your first sip. Would knock the socks off something you’ve prodded on a Weber BBQ for a long, slow and low cook."
YANGARRA ESTATE VINEYARD VIOGNIER 2014 – 92 points, Gary Walsh
"Nice perfume here, and some savoury funky stuff going on as well. White flowers, spice, nectarine, nuts. Light to medium bodied, crunchy rather than fat, but delivers flavour very nicely. The line is unbroken from front to back, and throughout finesse and perfume are the order of the day. Almost lemony acid to close, though not coarse or hard. I like what they’ve done here."