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2021 Yangarra King's Wood Shiraz

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The Collective Review

King's Wood is not named after a cherished Holden badge. Instead, it's Yangarra's Shiraz matured in large oak, with the name a nod to the forests planted by monarchs to build elegant cathedrals and church naves.

What defined King's Wood as a wine is that it manages to be modern, stylish and fruit-forward (as opposed to oaky), yet still so plump and mouthfilling and chunky. How do they deliver this in a wine that is just 13.5% alcohol?

Indeed this is Shiraz from a different place. In a sea of overwrought wines, King's Wood shines like a beacon of balance and perfection, projecting what McLaren Vale Shiraz can look like when it comes off one of the most celebrated organic/biodynamic plots in Australia.

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From a 2.3ha Maslin Sands block, 20% whole bunches, 30% whole berries, 50% crushed; wild fermented and matured for 16 months in new and used 25hL French foudres. A wine of remarkable intensity. Purity and balance underwrite a future measured in decades. Read more
Critic Reviews
Expert Review
97 POINTS
James Halliday - The Australian

From a 2.3ha Maslin Sands block, 20% whole bunches, 30% whole berries, 50% crushed; wild fermented and matured for 16 months in new and used 25hL French foudres. A wine of remarkable intensity. Purity and balance underwrite a future measured in decades.

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95 POINTS
Andrew Graham - ozwinereview.com

Yangarra just makes great Grenache, but the Shiraz can be equally grand – just like the Kings Yangarra King’s Wood Shiraz 2021. It’s the winemaking that makes the difference here. The biodynamic Yangarra Vineyard is a known quantity, with this Shiraz coming from block 12 (SE facing and on ironstone soils). It might be the power of suggestion, but I see the ferrousness in the wine too. 20% whole bunches make it into the fermenter too, and some parcels spend 30 days on skins. Wild fermented too, and the juice spends 16 months in large 25hl foudre (50% new and the rest one and two-year-old). You know what else is notable? The 5.9g/L total acidity (TA) and 13.5% alcohol. Both numbers tell me these grapes were picked earlier than you might see in the Vale and with less (if any) tartaric acid added in the winery. It’s an important distinction because plenty of Aussie Shiraz is picked late, with low acidity, and then adjusted in the winery. Added acid can stick out like the proverbial dog’s balls too, an unmistakable tang that is just distracting. Acid adjustments aren’t necessarily bad (especially if it’s small amounts at the crusher) but hey, if you don’t need additions, your fruit is probably better anyway. And this Shiraz just feels right and good. Great colour – a lovely purple-red. It smells alive too – some of that McLaren Vale tilled earth, a wave of purple fruit, oak, a distant background coffee element but there. Same again on the palate, all purple berries and coffee and a grainy but flowing finish. Nailed it. There is such a wonderful open-hearted volume to this. It feels generous and welcoming, yet so well poised and right. Best drinking: now, and for a decade.

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95 POINTS
Aaron Brasher - The Real Review

Dark, inky and really opaque and youthful in the glass. Evocative aromas of mulberry, rhubarb, satsuma plum, licorice, char and spice. Rich, mouth-filling and plush on the palate, oodles of dark fruits, spice and creamy oak. A powerful wine with very supportive tannins and acidity ensuring texture, mouth-feel and brightness.

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94 POINTS
Ned Goodwin - Halliday's Wine Companion

There is a lighter touch to this than in past vintages, although it's still a dense, compact and richly flavoured wine. A stellar vintage and a long, gentle extraction (133 days) on skins in a 675L ceramic egg helped. Pointed northern Rhône-like aromas of blueberry, violet, white pepper, dried nori, black olive and clove. An undercarriage of briar and hedgerow imparts a welcome savouriness. The sinewy tannic mettle suggests this will age well and grow with stature in time.

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94 POINTS
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front

Single block fancy shiraz. Lusty, slurpy red with beefiness and sweet-sour tendencies in the nicest sense. Stains the palate thick with rich, red fruitiness, some cola and light coffee elements, touches of toast and clove. Scents like all that, big wall of it, effective in delivery of McLaren Vale shirazisms. It’s a lovely red, relishes its warm-hearted appeal, delivers concentration and many layers. It feels fine tuned too, in the sense that there’s some decent tannin licks and woody spice to show edges. Nice.

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Tasting Notes

Powerful, elegant and aromatic. Brambly red and blueberry fruit, winter spices, liquorice, black cherry. Balanced textural palate/ Roasted lamb neck, black garlic labneh, beetroot and okra or Barbeque Pork / Chargrilled vegetables

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Winemakers Note

A favourable growing season, with good winter rains, a mild flowering and fruit set period, with continued spring rainfall to ensure a healthy canopy. Yields showed good balance between vine vigour and moderate berry size. The ripening period that began late January was very cool, with some welcome rainfall in mid-February. The delayed harvest, with cold nights and mild sunny days, produced excellent fruit ripeness and intensity. The freshness and bright natural acidity of the fruit were a real feature. Sourced exclusively from Block 12 (2.3 Ha) which sits on a south-east facing, ironstone sandy outcrop. Hand-picked on the 26th March, 20% whole bunches, 30% whole berries mechanically sorted, 50% crushed in open fermenters and on skins for 20 days. A gentle maceration principle of wetting the cap and only draining and returning when reductive. Wild yeast ferment. No pressings are used in this wine. Exclusively matured in 25 hL French Oak foudres, 50% new and 50% one and two-year-old, for 16 months. To be bottled in November 2022. Certified Organic/Biodynamic.

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