We pick our bush vine Grenache early in the season capturing the pink lady apple crunchiness of the skins, leading to a very pale coloured, elegant and dry style of Rosé. Grenache displays delicate rose hip and strawberry aromas with a juicy crisp palate.
WINE COMPOSITION: 100% Grenache
REGION: Estate grown in Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, SA
WINEMAKING: Hand picked, wild yeast ferment, whole bunch pressed. Kept on lees for a couple of months, mixing weekly.
Vineyard and Winemaking
Our young Grenache bush vines are dry grown, and pruned to very low bud numbers to ensure a modest yield. These two blocks are grown on Sandy Ironstone outcrops, and produce a slightly lighter and more fragrant version of our old vines.
The vineyard is certified Biodynamic (certification # 11587) with Australian Certified Organic. We have quite a practical approach, with our philosophy focused around healthy and alive soil. This involves the use of compost and biodynamic preparations, use of sheep in winter to graze under vine, and minimal mechanical soil disruption. There is no use of synthetic herbicides or fungicides.
REGION: Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, SA
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 100% Grenache
VINE AGE: 10 year-old vines
ELEVATION: 160m above sea level
VITICULTURALIST: Michael Lane
T.A.: 5.5 g/L
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.5g/L (Dry)
WINEMAKER: Peter Fraser
CASES: 480 cases
The 2017 growing season was one of the coldest on record. We had quite a wet spring, which made shoot and bunch thinning of the utmost importance to reduce crop and ensure ample bunch exposure to sunlight. The sugar accumulation during ripening was ideal for producing such an elegant Grenache Rosé.
The grapes were hand-picked on the 20th March (fruit day), and yielded 8 tonnes per hectare. As much as we pick on sugar/acid balance, and importantly physiological characters, we also consider the biodynamic calendar where possible, with fruit days and flower days being the most desirable for harvest, and root days avoided.
GOLD MEDAL - McLaren Vale Wine Show 2017
93 points Gary Walsh: "A new wine for Yangarra, I think, hand picked off their younger (10 years old) dry grown Grenache vines. Good old Yangarra, nailing it left, right, and centre these days. White peach, strawberry and rosehip, perhaps a little fennel. It’s light and soft, but flavoursome in a subdued way, fine crunch of acidity, a subtle chalky texture, and a pretty long, and pretty red apple and rosehip perfumed finish. Strong words, quietly spoken. Provence on a budget? Maybe. Spot on." (The Wine Front, August 2017)