2011 Yangarra Viognier - 92 points
"It’s Yangarra Estate winemaker Pete Fraser’s birthday tomorrow, which reminds me that I haven’t written this wine up. I heard a whisper that the winery is considering their relationship with Viognier going into the future, but if this and the 2007 release (tasted last year and still drinking very well) are anything to go by then I hope it holds its place. I think there are some plans regarding Grenache Blanc as well, which could make for a neat little white Rhone blend down the track.
Elegant yet varietal with fresh apricot flesh, lifted florals, ginger, savoury leesy characters and almonds. The nutty palate has good shape and definition with texture nurtured sensitively and to great effect. A downy softness envelopes the cool season’s acidity. Lovely wine; no hurry to drink it either, it should develop well. 92 Very Good"
Link to Wine Will Eat Itself: http://winewilleatitself.com/2013/01/08/2011-yangarra-estate-viognier/
2011 Yangarra Viognier - 93 points
"Well, you know, I’m on record as saying I don’t have much fun with Viognier, but every now and then a good one crops up.
Some chicken stock, fresh apricot, vanilla and florals with a good bit of spice which also manifests itself as a subtle ginger beer character – and I am partial to a bit of ginger beer, I must say. It’s bright, light and energetic with a lightly chalky texture and particularly fine acidity. Has length too. Pretty much spot on. None of your fat-grandma-style here, thanks very much."
Drink 2013 - 2018
Link to The Wine Front: http://www.winefront.com.au/yangarra-estate-viognier-2011/#.UOuNHKyBWSo
2011 Yangarra Roussanne - 93 points
"I’m not a big one for the white Rhones, not least local efforts, but wow this is good un.
Waxy, honeysuckle, spice, fennel, melon, citrus and sort of chicken soup savoury flavour – in a good way. Bright acid, slight slippery feel, but light and keen – gentle creaminess with a chalky tweak on the finish. Lively herb and acid twang too. Good lines and great to drink. Touch and go for 94 points."
Drink 2013 - 2020
Link to The Wine Front: http://www.winefront.com.au/yangarra-estate-rousanne-2011/#.UOuL76yBWSo
Our Roussanne 2011 has just picked up the award for Best Viognier / Marsanne / Roussanne in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Wine Guide 2013. Here’s what writer Nick Stock had to say about the wine:
“This is a wine that really defies the logic of the variety, much as we saw in this award last year. The sheer attractiveness and alluring fruit on offer here, matched with the cleverly judged structure and shape, makes it a standout wine of true value and distinction.”
The book also reviews the following Yangarra wines:
Roussanne 2011, 94 points:
“A superb example of this very cryptic and elusive varietal. This shows the right terroir being made with insight and understanding, and the result is impressive. There's a waxy, savoury impression on the nose, some faint lemon and flinty elements here. The palate is bathed in yellow fruit flavours, melon and citrus, bright acidity and beautifully judged phenolics.”
2010 Viognier, 90 points:
“A rich, golden hue in the glass, this has ripe custard apple and apricot fruit aromas, with some citrus notes also in the mix. The palate's smooth and luscious, with deep, flowing apricot flavour, gently nutty to close. Rich wine.”
2010 Mourvedre, 94 points:
“The spoils of a tiny two-acre patch planted on sandy ironstone gravel soils. It's a brooding, tarry style with dark plum and licorice fruit aromas, some spicy oak and plum essence here too. The palate's beautifully rich and oozes lovely depth, really sanguine tannin, blood plum flavour and a solid plum stone finish here. Terrific!”
2007 Ironheart Shiraz, 93 points:
“Ironheart it is, with a distinct sanguine side to the nose, plenty of sarsparilla and cola too, dried plums and a deep, woody spice thread. The palate has strength at its core, really precise, assertive tannins and plenty of nutty oak too; the spicy plum flavours roll easy and linger long.”
2007 High Sands Grenache, 93 points:
“Well this ain't no shrinking violet but, backed by the oldest lost elevated patch of grenache, with sand between its toes, it's a wine that I'll bet has some fuel in the tank. Leather, dried red berries and cherries, some wild herbs and a lovely sheen of spice here; this is one big wine, it opens up earthy with air. The palate delivers a wealth of red fruit flavour and has sturdy yet fine tannins, really dense, quite long and finishing with muscular tannin depth.”