Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz, McLaren Vale
The Yangarra Shiraz style is not typical of McLaren Vale, being more akin to the cool-climate Australian or Rhône Valley French styles. The Yangarra single vineyard estate, planted in the late 1990s in the Kangarilla sub-region, has 12 individual Shiraz blocks at 150-180m, each one defined by different aspects and subtle variations of the sand and ironstone soils that overlie the ancient North Maslin Sands geological formation.
Typically, the Estate Vineyard Shiraz is fermented with 10% whole bunches and up to 50% whole berries. The fruit is mechanically sorted and cold-soaked until it ferments ‘wild’ (or spontaneously) in open-topped vessels, utilising the yeasts that came in on the grapes from the vineyard. Fermentation includes a careful regime of plunging and rack and return. The resulting wine is kept on lees in French oak (25% new; 75% older) for 12 months and is filtered, but not fined, before bottling.
Deep, bright red/purple colour. Fresh and clean on the nose, with berries, cherries and spices to sniff. Really lovely aromas and flavours, understated and still evolving. The palate is fine and long with supple tannins and great harmony. A superb glass of shiraz.
95 points, The Real Review (April 2020)
This has a very attractive, fresh and spicy nose with rich, darker-plum and blackberry aromas. Chocolate and raspberries, too. This is a vintage that delivers bold, fleshy, darker fruit. Supple, fleshy texture and nice chew on the finish.
92 points, JamesSuckling.com (May 2020)
From six estate blocks, 50% on sand, 50% ironstone. Destemmed and mechanically sorted whole berries and 20% whole bunches open-fermented with a splash of viognier, 10 months in French oak (20% new). Dark fruits with earth, chocolate and licorice nuances. Sensational price.
96 points, Wine Companion (February 2020)
Its temper is even, its flavour is substantial. This wine is as balanced as they come. Tar and blackberry, a touch of sweet plum, plenty of peppercorn and dashes of cedar. Tannin drains back through the wine in an even flow. It’s in overall excellent shape and is, as so often, very good buying.
93 points, The Wine Front (July 2020)