2019 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Blanc is a blend of Grenache Blanc (74%), Roussanne (12%), Clairette (6%), Picpoul (5%) and Bourboulenc (3%).
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: Grenache Blanc (74%), Roussanne (12%), Clairette (6%), Picpoul (5%) and Bourboulenc (3%).
REGION: Estate grown in Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, SA
Vineyard and Winemaking
ELEVATION: 180 m above sea level
GEOLOGY: North Maslin Sands Formation(54 million years old)
SOIL: Sandy Loam over clay, Sandy loam mottled with ironstone fragments over clay.
VARIETY: 74% Grenache blanc, 12% Roussanne, 6% Clairette, 5% Picpoul, 3% Bourboulenc
PICKING DATE: 6th March and 19th March 2019.
VITICULTURALIST: Michael Lane
T.A.: 6.3 g/L
WINEMAKER: Peter Fraser
The 2019 growing season was a very dry, which resulted in incredibly low yields. We had a relatively warm lead up to the ripening period, which produced a very condensed and fast harvest. These late ripening varieties faired very well in a season like this, giving rise to concentration, freshness of flavour and marked natural acidity.
94 Points James Halliday Halliday Wine Companion: In other hands less skilled this could be an orange wine, not a bright, crisp, racy mix of stone fruit, citrus and allspice
Best White Wine of Show Trophy - McLaren Vale Wine Show 2018