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 berry pressed. Kept on lees for 5 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: Planted in 2009 (Blocks 7 and 13), and 1946 (Block 25)
ELEVATION: 160m above sea level
VITICULTURALIST: Michael Lane
T.A.: 7.4 g/L
RESIDUAL SUGAR: less than 2g/L (Dry)
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. Shiraz ripened quickly, but with good bunch exposure, we were able to pick early with balanced sugar, natural acidity, and importantly ripeness of flavour.
93 points James Halliday - 2020 Wine Companion: Ultra-pale, partridge-eye hue; early-picked estate fruit produces a spicy/savoury wine that has wild strawberry flavours within a bone-dry compass. If there are no Spanish restaurants available, go Italian - either will work.
91 points Toni Paterson - The Real Review Aug 2018: Ultra-pale dusty pink colour. High-toned aromatics of candy floss, red apple, juniper and rosewater. The palate is brimming with musk, strawberry and sherbet. Incredible intensity of flavour, particularly on the front palate. Zippy and intense. Made from bush-vine grenache. Certified organic/biodynamic. Drink 2018 - 2019
94 points James Halliday - 2019 Halliday Wine Companion: Pale copper-crimson, gorgeously aromatic, spotlessly clean and a delight to drink. Echoes of redcurrant and spice, dried herbs and cherries. Dry and racy, but not anaemic or underdone. Everything here, price included, is in alignment. Drink to 2019
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)