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The Yangarra “Small Pot” range is quite unique. In their words, _“They can be a winemaking trial, a favourite barrel, or a wine style that’s a little different and of interest. These are wines that tell an individual story of something unique at the Estate.”_ These small batch wines have been picking up some of the biggest wraps in the country and with never more than 300 dozen made, they are getting snapped by savvy buyers quick smart. The 2014 Small Pot Whole Bunch Shiraz is one of the best in the stunning Yangarra portfolio. It received a staggering 97 points from James Halliday who described it thus, "The balance is such that drinking it now is no crime, however far into the distant future the wine will run.". With 25% whole bunch pressings, hand-picked fruit that is carefully double-sorted for quality control and plunged by hand, this is a raw yet pristine example of McLaren Vale terroir at its absolute best! Better hurry, wines like this are never around for long.
What it Tastes Like
97 points. "Estate-grown, cold soak, open-fermented, wild yeast, 25% whole bunches, matured in French oak (50% new) for 18 months. Great aromas don?t prepare you for the full-bodied palate, every crevice of the mouth filled with velvety black fruits, bitter chocolate, licorice and spice. The balance is such that drinking it now is no crime, however far into the distant future the wine will run." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
2014 SMALL POT WHOLE BUNCH SHIRAZ Our small pot wines are winemaker selections that can be as small as one or two barrels. They can be a winemaking trial, a favourite barrel, or a wine style that’s a little different and of interest. These are wines that tell an individual story of something unique at the Estate. Whole bunch fermentation is used to produce extra complexity and tannin structure. We have trialed many percentages of whole bunch, and found that 25% works best for us. TASTING NOTE “Very aromatic with with intense dark fruits and spice, the whole bunches used in the ferment really increase the complexity and tannin structure of this wine. Black and blue fruits are supported by a long, firm and grainy tannin finish.” - Peter Fraser, winemaker WINE COMPOSITION: 100% Shiraz REGION: Estate grown in Kangarilla, McLaren Vale WINEMAKING: 25% Whole bunch, hand-picked, double sorted grapes, careful drain and return regime, 18 months maturation in French oak (35% new), 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.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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