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Peter Fraser’s passion for all things Rhone has lead him to become one of the country’s standout producers of these varieties.
Mourvedre (Mataro) is a pet variety at Yangarra.
This is a fine example of this variety’s ability to be powerful and pretty all at once. Made only in the best years, this biodynamically grown fruit creates a wine that is perfumed and mysterious; it’s the kind of wine you can sit on and watch eveolve in front of your eyes (and nose and tongue).
Gary Walsh thought it was “Spot on” and James Halliday praised its “great flavour and supple mouthfeel”.
A textbook example from one of the country’s leading exponents of the variety.
What It Tastes Like
“Fragrant, spicy, earthy, blackberries. Medium to full bodied, crisp, floral and earthy at once, grainy tannin, fresh and long to close. Super expression of Mataro. Spot on.” - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
94 points. “Fragrant, spicy, earthy, blackberries. Medium to full bodied, crisp, floral and earthy at once, grainy tannin, fresh and long to close. Super expression of Mataro. Spot on.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
93 points “Normally reserved for GSM, but in best years a small parcel made as a single varietal. Very attractive purple and red fruits; great flavour and supple mouthfeel.”
- James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
2014 MOURVÈDRE Most of the Mourvèdre from our estate vineyard goes into our GSM blend each year, however, when we have exceptional vintages we will make a limited quantity of a single-varietal bottling.
TASTING NOTE “A very bright and spicy style of Mourvedre, this wine is quite perfumed. It has slight hints of the trademark Mourvedre green peppercorn, and tight grippy tannins on the palate.” Peter Fraser, winemaker.
WINE COMPOSITION: 100% Mourvedre
REGION: Estate grown in Kangarilla, McLaren Vale
WINEMAKING: Cold soaked 5-6 days, wild yeast fermented, 9 months maturation in 100% older French oak on yeast lees, no fining just filtration.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Yangarra Estate is one of a small group of powerhouse wineries to raise its head from the sandy soils of Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale. Their wines are made entirely from an amazing old bush vine single vineyard, with the 2016 Halliday Winemaker of the Year, Peter Fraser, pulling the reins as winemaker. They are a certified biodynamic wine producer, and have even been named International Winery of the Year, twice!
They specialise in varieties found in the Rhone Valley. For reds, Grenache is their flag bearer, with Shiraz and Mourvedre not far behind. The same applies to whites, the Roussanne expressions from Fraser’s experimentation with ceramic eggs are some of the most interesting in the country. His takes on Viognier are as good as any in the land. In time, each of the 13 Rhone varieties will be grown on the Yangarra block. A premium benchmark for the Blewitt Springs sub-region.
The South Australian region of McLaren Vale is famous for its powerful red wines. Shiraz and Grenache have thrived for years in the Vale’s sandy soils. Nowadays, the region’s varietal diversity has majorly increased, the coastal location and warm climate proving perfect for a new wave of varieties from Italy, Spain and Portugal. The success of varieties such as Nero d’Avola, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, and Fiano has transformed McLaren Vale into one of the country’s most vibrant wine scenes. It’s where tradition meets innovation and it is producing some of the Australia’s finest wines.
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