2016 Yangarra Shiraz

Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale, SA

Hands down one of the best value Shiraz in McLaren Vale, from a modern-day star producer.

$28.00

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This is profoundly exciting, another masterpiece from Peter Fraser...

James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

About the Wine

Yangarra Estate are absolutely one of our very favourite producers and a winery that is making serious waves in the Australian wine industry.

Being a hero for the McLaren Vale region, Shiraz, along with Grenache, are their specialties. Peter Fraser loves working with the old Shiraz vines on the estate and has perfected his style here over the last few years. This is one of the best value Shiraz in the Vale.

It has become a beacon of value for those looking for a wine of serious quality that won't bust the bank account. The 2016 received a huge 97 points  from James Halliday, another consistently high score for this regional favourite.

If you love Shiraz, if you love McLaren Vale, if you love wine at all, you should buy this. It will delight now or in a decade's time.

About Yangarra Estate

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. In the reds, their Grenache is as good as any in the land and is truly world class, 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. In time, each of the 13 Rhone varieties will be grown on the Yangarra block.

A premium benchmark for the Blewitt Springs sub-region, and one of the country's modern day icon producers.

Winemaker Peter Fraser amongst the old bush vines
Winemaker Peter Fraser amongst the old bush vines
Yangarra Estate in Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale, SA
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Critic Reviews

97Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"50% whole berries, 50% destemmed, wild yeast open-fermented, matured for 10 months in used French oak. Just another $30 McLaren Vale shiraz? Absolutely not. This is profoundly exciting, another masterpiece from Peter Fraser, Wine Companion Winemaker of the Year '16. It's not often I'm tempted to sneakily swallow half a mouthful of a wine, it's almost as if an unseen force refuses to let me actually drink a little. The wine is spicy, textured, with a rainbow of dark fruit flavours - bloody gorgeous." - Jams Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)

94Points
The Wine Front

"That beautiful sweet fruit. That texture like silk. That perfect integration of plum-shot fruit and posh, cedar-like oak. It smells, taste and feels pure, fine-grained and terrific, every step of the way." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

94Points
Australian Wine Review

"Astounding to think this is the ‘entry level’ Yangarra Shiraz. Pete ‘Midas’ Fraser is all over it.  Wild ferment and matured in 25% new oak, it’s a plush and perfectly weighted wine. Plump, chocolate-gilt dark fruits, the palate sitting in between medium and full bodied, the generosity of concentrated plush flavour offset by tannins that have a deep grip. A fine, throaty grip, that suggests more whole bunches than just 10%. Otherwise, a little alcohol warmth, but that is about the only quibble.  You could pay double the dollars and get less wine. A winner... 10/10 value." - Andrew Graham (Oz Wine Review)

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I was surprised at how 'big' this red is. I was obviously expecting a full-bodied Mc Laren Vale style but this was a real surprise. - not suggesting I did not enjoy it but it definitely needs a good chargrilled scotch or porterhouse steak to handle its fullness.

I am happy to leave the rest to sit for a while; it is well made and beautiful BIG wine.

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From the Producer

VINEYARD INFORMATION
Shiraz adopts a very different form at Yangarra than the typical McLaren Vale style, and is more akin to the cooler climate styles. Our single vineyard estate has twelve individual blocks of Shiraz. Each block is defined by different aspects and subtle variations of the sand and Ironstone soils that overlie the ancient North Maslin Sands geological formation.

REGION: Kangarilla, McLaren Vale

VINE AGE: 19 - 23 years

ELEVATION: 150-180m above sea level

SOIL TYPE: Sand and ironstone

VITICULTURALIST: Michael Lane

 WINEMAKING INFORMATION
Approximately 10% whole bunches were used with 50% of the fruit remaining as whole berries. Mechanically sorted before going into open-top fermenters. Cold soaked until the onset of wild-fermentation, utilising the yeasts that naturally come in with the grapes from the vineyard. A careful regime of plunging and rack and returns. The resulting wine was kept on lees in 25% new French oak, 75% older French oak for 12 months. No fining, just filtration.

Blend : Shiraz (100%)
ABV : 14.5%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2025
Bottle Size : 750ml

Beautiful old Grenache bush vines growing in the sand
Beautiful old Grenache bush vines growing in the sand
Yangarra Estate in Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale, SA
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