2015 Yangarra McLaren Vale Pet’Nat - 90 points
Straight up confession; I am wary of wine that is heavily framed around process as it can often see actual wine quality shuffled back in the pecking order. Not so here. This is a tiny make of carignan (46%), roussanne (42%) and graciano (12%) all fermented in amphorae that contain some Yangarra clay. Pale red with a gently creamy foam, it smells of dried cranberries and goji berries, clear yeasty notes and some dried yellow rose and stone fruit perfume. It foams and fizzes smoothly on the palate, delivering a burst of raspberry and very gently sweet nectarine flavor, yeasty savory notes kick in and the finish has a neat phenolic stamp. Chill and drink fast and don't mind the red crystalline sediment, it's a natural by-product of the last phase of fermentation of grape sugars in the bottle, which is what gives the wine its light fizz.
2015 Yangarra PF Shiraz – 91 points
A beautifully fragrant and floral shiraz that offers up masses of perfume and rich red to dark berry fruit aromas, alluring stuff here. The palate has a pulpy, bright and succulent core of cassis, blueberry and mulberry fruit, smooth playful tannins, terrific flesh. Drink now.
2013 Yangarra Old Vine Grenache – 93 points
A brambly and bright red fruited grenache that has very attractive purity and effortless appeal, raspberry, dried leaves and herbs, some light spices also in the mix. The palate has assertive drying tannins, plenty of liquorice flavor amid bright raspberry amid red cherry fruits, gently drying finish.
2013 Yangarra GSM – 94 points
Subtle mocha spice sits across earthy darker berry fruit aromas here, there's gentle liquorice, dark chocolate too, some roasted meats and bracken. The palate has fine-grained, gently grippy tannins that make for an impressively deep and concentrated wine, graphite, cocoa, dark cherries and more, very balanced, long and fine.
2013 Yangarra Shiraz – 93 points
An attractive meaty savory edge to this dense and concentrated shiraz, plenty of deep plum and fragrant spice on the nose, the palate delivers a supple twirling core of dark plum and black cherry fruit right through to a long and flavorsome, smoothly hewn finish. Deceptive power here. Drink now.
2013 Yangarra Small Pot ‘Egg’ Grenache – 93 points
A very settled nose with attractive mineral-like purity and neatly ripened raspberry and red cherry fruits, some nutty older woody notes too. The palate has sapid, zesty appeal, tannins are deep-set, long and majestic, really impressive structure on offer, great length, detail and balance. Needs a year or two to settle.
2013 Yangarra Small Pot ‘Whole Bunch’ Shiraz – 93 points
McLaren Vale shiraz really eats up while bunches, there's very little exaggerated character here, just rich and convincing dark plum, mulberry and black cherry fruits, swirling spicy fragrance and a deeper tar and earth layer. The palate has a long and powerful thread of dark rich plum and chocolate flavor. the tannins ripple handsomely below all the flesh. great wine. Better in 2017.
2013 Yangarra Roux Beauté Roussanne – 93 points
This partial skins-fermented white has a cloudy appearance and delivers a wealth of bright tropical and stone fruits on the nose, plenty of waxy lemon and fresh straw too, really fresh and attractive. The palate delivers a very settled and deeply balanced impression, more lemon and waxy melon here too, fine smooth phenolic sheen through the finish. Profound wine. Drink now.
2012 Yangarra Ironheart Shiraz – 96 points
A very dark, intense and brooding shiraz that also as a sense of real refinement and purity, it oozes black plum and blackberry fruits, black stones, plenty of spice, hints of tar and dark leather. The palate's rich, fresh and beautifully poised around a core of blackberry fruit flavor, sweet spice, liquorice and very supple, noble and long tannins. Age this one. Drink in 2018.
2012 Yangarra Grenache High Sands Grenache – 96 points
A very profoundly intense nose with immense fragrance and spice, darker brambly berry fruits and an almost chalky mineral edge. The palate has a very strong core of sturdy tannin, deep-set dark berry fruit flavors heads into dark cherry and plum territory. tight, long and powerful. Drink in 2018.
2013 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz
The colour is deep and dark, with aromas of chocolate and espresso coffee. Concentrated, dense and deeply flavoured, with lashings of skin tannins. Big and bold but not oaky. A lovely red wine. Aging? Best at two to 17 years.
FOOD RARE ROAST BEEF
92 Points - SMH Good Food Wine Guide - Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald
2012 Yangarra Estate Vineyard, Ironheart Shiraz
The specific site where gravelly ironstone peppers the ground impacts on this shiraz without doubt in the winemakers vision. A richness and warmth of compote spice aromas is immediately captivating while creative winemaking techniques from whole bunch and wild yeast fermentation through to grape and yeast solids maturation deliver an endearing complexity of flavours and fine sandy palate textures which swirl and linger dramatically.
FOOD CASSOULET DE TOULOUSE
96 Points - Top 100 - Tony Love, The Advertiser.
2013 Yangarra Estate Vineyard, Old Vine Grenache
Yangarra’s latest Grenache and blends releases are a marvel, this from 60+ year old vines on Blewitt Springs sandy soils nurtured in the winery with all the current techniques that let the grapes and location express themselves without impedance. Gloriously plump and juicy with distinctive cold meat like highlights, and subtle exotic spices. Soft, silky and classy. And do try any of the other Yangarra reds – They’re delicious.
FOOD PORK CHOPS, ROAST SPICE APPLE.
94 Points - Top 100 - Tony Love, The Advertiser.