YANGARRA ESTATE Kings Wood Shiraz, McLaren Vale
The Yangarra Kings Wood Shiraz (first vintage 2017) takes the place of the label’s ‘Whole Bunch’ Shiraz first made in 2009. The use of whole bunches is a feature of all Shiraz winemaking at Yangarra. The new wine follows the introduction of large-format foudres (oak vats), also in 2017, and the identification of a single block (Block 12) of suitable, biodynamically-farmed Shiraz growing at 150-180m on weathered sands mixed with ironstone gravels in the Kangarilla sub-district of McLaren Vale.
The wine is 100% estate-grown Shiraz, hand-picked, and double-sorted before fermentation with 25% whole bunches and maturation in 2500 litre French oak foudres for 15 months. Kings Wood Shiraz typically combines power with restraint, showing concentrated fruit in the red cherry, raspberry and red plum spectrum integrated with plush, supple, velvety textures on a long palate.
A rare mix of power and restraint. Perfectly ripe, bright, concentrated fruit in the red cherry, raspberry and red plum sphere. The palate is captivating with its plush, supple, velvety nature. All of the elements are perfectly integrated. Certified organic and biodynamic. Highly recommended.
96 points, Real Review, May 2019
"A rare mix of power and restraint. Perfectly ripe, bright, concentrated fruit in the red cherry, raspberry and red plum sphere. The palate is captivating with its plush, supple, velvety nature. All of the elements are perfectly integrated. Certified organic and biodynamic. Highly recommended."
96 points, The Real Review (May 2019)
Hand-picked from the certified biodynamic estate Block 12 on a fruit day, wild yeast-open fermented with 25% whole bunches, matured in a 2500l French foudre. It's impossible to find anything done or not done that would improve this superb wine. It's (only) medium-bodied, but fills the senses with its tantalising bouquet, always with something more to say, yet it pales into insignificance once you taste the wine. It takes intensity and length to a new horizon, a sip as complex as that of a Rare Rutherglen muscat.
99 points, Wine Companion (February 2019)
This is an impressive take on the powerful shiraz that Yangarra is so respected for. The poise and polish emanate from quality grapes and some Rolls-Royce, large-format oak maturation. Sultry, spicy complexity warms the long finish in classy style. Certified organic.
96 points, jamessuckling.com (June 2019)
It’s structured and fine but apart from anything else, it’s delicious. It’s a joy to drink. Jellied boysenberry, plum, red/black cherry, graphite and clove notes come gently infused with cedarwood oak. Freshness is paramount. So too finesse. So too fine bones of tannin. Indeed this wine has quality written all over it. This medium-bodied red should be on your shopping list.
95 points, The Wine Front (June 2019)