Yangarra’s evocatively named Roux Beauté Rousanne is so-called to express the ‘beauty’ the winery seeks to convey in this expression of Rousanne. It is made from grapes produced on Yangarra’s Certified Biodynamic McLaren Vale vineyard. Richly aromatic with notes of honey, almond and apricot, these characteristics carry through to a palate that sings with honeysuckle, stone fruit and citrus. A savoury finish is marked by those distinct honey and nut characteristics once again. Made to age with grace.
This is one of my favourite wines in the country. It seems to hit that magical place where it is neither sweet-fruited nor savoury but instead sits somewhere gloriously in between. It is a hard wine to dissect as it is so well-balanced. I love the texture, the palate weight and the inherent brightness. Flecks of lime, fresh cream and faint fruit juiciness tied together by savouriness.
95 points, Real Review, May 2019
"This one of my favourite wines in the country. It seems to hit that magical place where it is neither sweet-fruited nor savoury but instead sits somewhere gloriously in between. It is a hard wine to dissect as it is so well-balanced. I love the texture, the palate weight and the inherent brightness. Flecks of lime, fresh cream and faint fruit juiciness tied together by savouriness."
95 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
'Real concentration and depth on the nose of this white with butter, scones, buttermilk pancakes, straw, dried apricots, vanilla and apple pie. Full-bodied and intense with layers of brioche and tropical fruit. Waxy and lemony, this finishes long and delicious.'
94 points, Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com, June 2019.
'Grown biodynamically. 50% fermented on skins (and remains on skins for 131 days) in two ceramic eggs, 50% fermented in ceramic eggs but not on skins. Final blend is 67% of the extended skin contact egg portion. Bottled unfined in November 2017.
This release feels reserved, or at least reserved in the context of a fairly rich style. It’s not throwing a great deal of aroma and the palate feels a touch ungainly. It will find its way. It tastes of stonefruit, oyster shells, nashi pear and gunsmoke. There’s honeysuckle here too, but it’s whispered at most. It’s had nearly two years in bottle but it needs another couple.'
92+ points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, June 2019.
Hand-picked, part destemmed and crushed into 675l ceramic eggs, 131 days on skins, then drained off and the skins discarded, part conventionally fermented in ceramic eggs, the final blend 67% skins component/33% conventional. Has developed convincingly, able to express itself well.
93 points, Wine Companion (February 2019)
My favorite vintage of this wine to date, the 2017 Roux Beaute Roussanne displays lovely honeyed aromas and scents of orange marmalade and pineapple. It's medium to full-bodied, with a plush, silky feel on the palate and long, white pepper-laced finish. Two-thirds of the final blend spent 131 days on skins, while one-third underwent normal, off-the-skins white winemaking. It should drink well for at least 4-5 years.
93 points, Wine Advocate (August 2020)