Yangarra Estate Vineyard Small Pot Whole Bunch Shiraz, McLaren Vale
The fruit for the Small Pot Whole Bunch Shiraz is sourced from two separate blocks. A quarter whole bunch and a half whole berry, the fruit is cold-soaked and allowed to ferment wild in open-top fermenters. The wine sees 100% French oak of which 35% is new.
'Shiraz from two blocks of the Yangarra vineyard. 25% whole bunches/50% whole berries. Cold soak, wild yeast, open fermenters, kept on lees, matured in all-French oak, 35% new. Certified organic/biodynamic.
It’s a dense style and yet it remains remarkably fresh. This is the best of many worlds. Plush plum, savoury cloves and spice, silken slips of smoky/cedary oak, emery-board tannin. It’s almost raw with freshness and yet it’s complex and vinous. It’s lengthy. There’s a sense of wonder to this wine. It’s perfectly formed.'
95 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, August 2018.
'A beautifully supple wine with soft cherries and mulberries. Fleshy and plush, and supported by stylish framing tannin. Gorgeous now, though cellaring will benefit the wine.'
93 points, Toni Patterson MW, The Real Review, February 2019.
'Whole bunches, wild yeast, open fermenters and all-French oak (35% new). The quality here is sensational. It delivers a power of fruit in the freshest of ways, its glove of smoky/cocoa-like oak the perfect partner. Seriously ultra-fine tannin, and accompanying length, completes what must be described as a beautiful picture.'
97 points, Campbell Mattinson, Wine Companion, March 2018.
Devilishly delish. So much personality and charisma to sink your teeth into. The highlight for me is easily the savoury deliciousness courtesy of the whole bunches (25%)... Thickset, a Shiraz carrying broad shoulders and a firm muscular profile. 35% new French oak and 65% old for 15 months. Some pepper takes a back seat. The width this exudes is so engaging. Fine spices and pepper entwine beautifully with purple and dark fruits. Mulberries continue to roll out the welcome mat to play. Soft, moreish and incredibly satisfying. Puckering and chalky tannins urge a repour -- and so you should. Drink now to eight years.
94 points, Qwine, July 2018