Yangarra Shiraz 2017
Another brilliant release of Shiraz from this leading McLaren Vale producer. 97 points, James Halliday & Top 100 Wines of 2019! Yangarra Estate are absolutely one of our very favourite producers and a winery that is making serious waves in the Australian wine industry.
Approximately 10% whole bunches were used with 50% of the fruit remaining as whole berries. Mechanically sorted before going into open-top fermenters. Cold soaked until the onset of wild-fermentation, utilising the yeasts that naturally come in with the grapes from the vineyard. A careful regime of plunging and rack and returns. The resulting wine was kept on lees in 25% new French oak, 75% older French oak for 12 months. No fining, just filtration.
Thanks to the vineyards elevation and the cooling night breezes from the nearby Southern Lofty, Yangarra’s Estate vineyard has more of a cool climate expression than the typical McLaren Shiraz. From vines aged between 19-23 years old, approximately 10% whole bunches were used in fermentation and the resultant wine was matured in 25% new French oak for 12 months.
Totally opaque midnight black colour with a deep dark red black tinged hue. Elevated liquorice and black cherry scents intermix with earthy dried meat, fennel and spicy pepper notes. Full in body, rich liquorice, blackberry and black cherry fruits hold sway over a dried meat, subtle scorched earth and black pepper back drop. Quite muscular in its feel with sturdy, fine grained tannins. Long pepper infused aftertaste.
Being a hero for the McLaren Vale region, Shiraz, along with Grenache, are their specialties. Peter Fraser loves working with the old Shiraz vines on the estate and has perfected his style here over the last few years. This is one of the best value Shiraz in the Vale.
It has become a beacon of value for those looking for a wine of serious quality that won’t bust the bank account. The 2017 received a huge 97 points from James Halliday, another consistently high score for this regional favourite.
If you love Shiraz, if you love McLaren Vale, if you love wine at all, you should buy this. It will delight now or in a decade’s time.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
– 97 POINTS
75% destemmed, every berry optically scrutinised by a very expensive piece of equipment. Wild yeast-open fermented, plunged, 14 months in French oak (20% new). The pure singularity of this certified biodynamic wine relentlessly captures the senses with its dark spiced fruits.. Drink by 2047.
– 94 POINTS