(Limit of 3 bottles per person)
2018 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Blanc is a blend of Grenache Blanc (35%), Clairette (30%), Roussanne (20%), Picpoul (10%) and Bourboulenc (5%).
An Australian first; a heat resilient blend of white varieties sourced in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and grown on newly planted cuttings here on our single-vineyard Estate in McLaren Vale.
Blanc is the result of years of research and quarantine of the best white varieties we can find amongst the ancient north-west Mediterranean vine types. The fact that these Châteauneuf varieties have been successfully blended for so many years encouraged us to pursue this direction.
On the back of Grenache Noirs success in our region, it seemed logical to pursue Châteauneuf’s top whites on our southern coast.
WINE COMPOSITION: 35% Grenache blanc, 30% Clairette, 20% Roussanne, 10% Picpoul, 5% Bourboulenc
REGION: Estate grown in Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, SA
WINEMAKING: Hand picked, wild yeast ferment, whole bunch pressed. Kept on lees, stirred monthly.
Vineyard and Winemaking
The grapes were picked over two separate dates; the older Roussanne vines ripened a l ittle earlier and were harvested on 6th March (flower day). The remaining varieties all ripened at a similar pace, and were harvested on 18th March (fruit day). 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, and a root day avoided.
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: 35% Grenache blanc, 30% Clairette, 20% Roussanne, 10% Picpoul, 5% Bourboulenc
ELEVATION: 150m above sea level
VITICULTURALIST: Michael Lane
T.A.: 5. g/L
WINEMAKER: Peter Fraser, Guillaume Camougrand
CASES: 273 cases
2018 was a text book growing season, with good winter rains, and favourable weather conditions during a very mild spring. We had a generally dry summer, which led to earlier expected picking dates, especially with lower than average yields. By the end of February and early march the Autumnal nights got quite cool, which really slowed down the ripening process.
Best White Wine of Show Trophy - McLaren Vale Wine Show 2018