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."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, editor-in-chief and Australia correspondent for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate has reviewed our new release wines, and awarded seven 90+ scores in all.
94+ points 2010 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Ironheart Shiraz (due for release in May 2013)
With a very deep garnet-purple color, the 2010 Ironheart Shiraz has a wonderfully expressive nose of red and black cherries, violets, licorice, cloves and chocolate. The firmly structured, taut palate has a generous amount of youthful, muscular fruit with ripe grainy tannins, refreshing acid, and a good long finish. Drink this one 2014 to 2025+.
93+ points 2010 Yangarra Estate Vineyard High Sands Grenache (due for release in May 2013)
A reserve label made only in the best vintages, the 2010 High Sands Grenache has a deep garnet-purple color and expressive notes of blackberry, black cherries and roses over touches of peppered salami, fertile loam and yeast extract. Medium to full-bodied and packed with muscular fruit, it has a solid backbone of medium to firm grainy tannins and refreshing acid, finishing long and layered. Drink it now to 2020+.
93+ points 2010 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Small Pot Whole Bunch Shiraz (sold out)
Only four barrels of the whole-bunch fermented 2010 Small Pot Shiraz were made. It casts a deep-purple color and gives a wonderfully perfumed nose of sweet cherries, crushed blueberries, lilacs and baking spices with hints of chocolate and cloves. Big, densely packed and full-bodied in the mouth, its opulence is well contained within a tight frame of medium to firm grainy tannins and crisp acidity, finishing with great persistence. Drink it 2014 to 2024+.
93 points 2010 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz (due for release in June 2013)
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Shiraz offers quite a floral nose with a core of dark fruits, blueberries and dark chocolate. Big, rich and voluptuous yet wonderfully balanced in the mouth, it has medium to firm finely grained tannins and a fresh acid line, finishing with good length. Approachable now, it should drink best 2014-2022+.
91 points 2011 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Old Vine Grenache
Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2011 Grenache is redolent of red cherries and black raspberries with wonderfully spicy / black pepper nuances plus whiffs of lavender and dusty earth. Medium-bodied and generously fruited with spiced red berry flavors, the opulent flesh is well structured with a medium level of velvety tannins and seamless acid lending just enough lift, finishing long. Drinking nicely now, it should cellar to 2018+. BUY HERE
90 points 2010 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Mourvedre
The 2010 Mourvedre has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and an earthy / meaty nose over a good core of ripe black fruits and a whiff of black olives. Full-bodied, rich and savory in the mouth, it has a medium to firm level of chewy tannins making for a more structured style, which the finish is long with some peppered notes coming through. Drink it now to 2017+. BUY HERE
90 points 2008 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Ironheart Shiraz
Deep garnet colored, the 2008 Ironheart Shiraz presents a pronounced nose of warm blueberry compote, just starting to evolve into sandalwood, baking spice and anise elements with a hint of meatiness. Very full-bodied and concentrated with berry preserve, prune and spice characters, it has a medium level of velvety tannins, a crisp acid backbone and a long finish. Drink it now to 2020. BUY HERE
All of these reviews can be found (with subscriber access) at www.erobertparker.com
2011 Old Vine Grenache - 93 points
"Light but bright and clear crimson-purple; some estate-owned vineyards were able to rise above the challenges of the vintage, and some winemakers sorted the grapes berry by berry in the winery to achieve results such as this - a highly aromatic and pure red-berried wine, with supple mouthfeel and no hint of green fruit. Drink to 2018."
Link to online review: http://www.winecompanion.com.au/wines/yangarra-estate-old-vine-mclaren-vale-grenache-2011