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 complex, intensely flavored roussanne has such seamlessly layered style with a sense of purity and lightness. The stone-fruit, mineral and fresh-cream aromas are tinged with lemon rind and fresh butter. The palate has fine-grained texture with a sleek, fresh delivery of peaches and lemons. Smooth-honed with a long finish. Super. From organically grown grapes.
95 points, JamesSuckling.com (May 2020)
Hand-picked, 50% destemmed and crushed to 675l ceramic eggs, fermented on skins and macerated for 183 days before pressing. The other 50% was also fermented in eggs, the skins discarded. It's an interesting wine, but has a slightly stuffy finish.
92 points, Wine Companion (February 2020)
First sips and I kept having mental flashes in neon… ‘Hot n Spicy’, over and over again. Not hot as in alcohol heat hot, just this sensation of warmth of flavour that comes with the skinsy texture and a kind of breathiness alongside. Nothin’ wrong with that, per se. It’s quite restrained in perfume and flavours, just-ripe nashi pear, a bit of good-citrus bitterness, some peppery notes too. The skinsy chew is there alright. That hot n spicy thing, however, just irks a touch and tannin pulls the wine up relatively short. That being said, it’s a wine of impact and grip for those seeking plenty out of a white wine.
92 points, The Wine Front (May 2020)
Half the 2018 Roux Beaute Roussanne was fermented in ceramic eggs and stayed on skins for 193 days; the other half fermented in eggs, but with no skins. The final blend incorporates 40% skin-contact component and 60% off-skins. There is a subtle "skins-y" note on the nose, accenting the pear and pineapple fruit. This is a medium to full-bodied wine despite weighing in at only 13.5% alcohol, with a slightly creamy, silky texture and a dry, gently tannic finish.
92 points, Wine Advocate (August 2020)