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If you were looking for the best Grenache producer in Australia, Peter Fraser and Yangarra would be on a very short list. Their Old Vine Grenache is remarkable value. From vines planted in 1946, this shows the elegance and complexity that Grenache can achieve. Made with whole berries carefully left to their own devices in open fermenters and a 5-6 day cold soak before being transferred to old French oak; gently, gently is the philosophy that Fraser and Co. embrace. For sheer drinking pleasure at a great price, it is very hard to go past this wonderful Grenache. And with 95 points from James Halliday and 93 points from Gary Walsh, it would seem that the critics agree.
What it Tastes Like
"Savoury, spicy, earthy, pear drops, sausage, raspberry and cherry. Light to medium bodied, spicy and earthy, Pinot like, controlling grip of tannin, alpine herbs on a long finish. Complex. 93 or 94 points." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
95 points. "From bushvines planted ?46 at Blewitt Springs, cold soak, open-fermented with 50% whole berries, wild yeast, matured in used French oak for 9 months. The lightish colour is misleading: the wine has a cascade of red fruits, with a slightly unexpected brush fence of ripe tannins, important now as much as in the future when they will fuse back into the wine." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion) 93 points "Savoury, spicy, earthy, pear drops, sausage, raspberry and cherry. Light to medium bodied, spicy and earthy, Pinot like, controlling grip of tannin, alpine herbs on a long finish. Complex. 93 or 94 points." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
2014 OLD VINE GRENACHE From bush vines planted in 1946 high on our Estate’s deep sandy soils, our Old Vine Grenache is complex, elegant and enticing. TASTING NOTE "One of the more perfumed vintages, the Old Vine Grenache has pretty floral aromas and briary bright red fruits. The palate shows lots of bright cherry fruit, and the vineyard's typical fine line of sandy mineral tannins and acidity." - Peter Fraser, Winemaker WINE COMPOSITION: 100% Grenache 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 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.
Grenache is the great sleeping giant of Australian red wine. We are the custodians of the oldest producing Grenache vines in the world, some ancient vineyards planted as far back as the 1850’s. Modern Australian Grenache is a different beast to the wines of yesteryear, they are more youthful and vibrant, showing bright red fruit characters, silky tannins and a delicious array of spices. With the viticultural resources we have at our disposal in this country, Australia can be one of the world’s leading producers of this variety, making wines that easily rival the best of Europe.
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