2017 Yangarra Old Vine McLaren Vale Grenache

2017 Yangarra Old Vine McLaren Vale Grenache

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To think that you can pick up an epic old vine Grenache, from one of the country's best producers, for under $50? It defies belief that such a stunning is available for a comparatively low price, but such is life for Grenache.

Needless to say this is beautifully expressive, high tones and frankly delicious Grenache at a great price.

Expert Reviews

97 Points - James Halliday - Top 100 WinesPlanted in 1946 on a sand dune in the cooler, elevated northeast of McLaren Vale. Hand-picked and sorted in the winery, the fermentation is wild. It is a glorious example of grenache picked earlier than in the past, retaining all the freshness of red cherries/berries, spices starting to build, tannins beautifully shaped.'
96 Points - Campbell Mattinson - The Wine FrontThe vines were just over 70 years old at harvest. The thought crosses my mind every now and again that Yangarra may be the best producer in the country. Or is a contender for that mantle, anyway. $35 for this kind of quality is really quite something. It’s a superb grenache. It takes time in the glass to hit its straps but once its does, wow. So intricately tannic, so fresh faced and yet so sturdy, so dialled in. Woodsy spices and red berries, savouriness and sweetness, X factor. Seriously impressive.
95 Points - Toni Paterson MW - The Real ReviewThis has to be one of the best value wines in Australia. Glorious, fragrant, dark fruit with an intricate, yet silky, tannin frame. The flavours are incredibly pure, poised and vibrant. It is a serious wine, yet incredibly drinkable in its youth. Outstanding value. Drink now or age for further complexity
93 Points - James SucklingA very succinct and smoothly delivered style that has a wealth of blueberries and raspberries and a crisp, forthright frame of tannin that speaks to the old vines and the superior site at work here. Bold finish.

Tech stuff

Grenache
Yangarra Estate
McLaren Vale
2017
750ml
14%
Cellar to 2025
Screw Cap

How's it taste?

Deep and intense, spiced fruits, with a pot potpourri perfume lifting out of the glass. Medium-bodied and silky on the palate, with a savoury edge to balance the ripe fruits. Beautiful peppery spice on the finish, which is long and detailed.

How was it made?

The grapes were hand-picked, destemmed and mechanically sorted. 50% whole berries. The berries were then tipped in to open fermenters, cold-soaked for 5-6 days and underwent wild yeast fermentation. No pressings were used. The wine in barrel was kept on lees in older French oak for 10 months. Not fined. Certified Organic/Biodynamic.

Who made it?

The Yangarra philosophy centers around producing wines solely from our single-vineyard estate, where our bush-vine Grenache is the keystone variety. With our feet firm in history, and our eyes on the horizon, Yangarra Estate now exists to deliver the essence of this beautiful place to your glass. McLaren Vale folks like to think that their region on the Gulf St Vincent, patron of viticulturers, has “the best Mediterranean climate on Earth.” With this foremost in mind, Yangarra Estate is devoted solely to producing wines from the best grape varieties of the southern Rhone, which lies on the north-west Mediterranean coast. Yangarra’s combination of rare geologies, moderate altitude, abundant sunshine and cool evening breezes make it perfect for growing varieties that thrive in these moderate maritime environments. Our respect of this special piece of country is evident in the wines we make from its grapes - every Yangarra Estate wine is a confident reflection of the nature of this land.

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