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2016 Yangarra Ovitelli Grenache

Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale, SA

Stunning small-batch Grenache grown biodynamically and made in ceramic egg.

$71.00

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About
The Ovitelli Grenache is our most perfumed and elegant Grenache from the sands at Yangarra.

Peter Fraser, Yangarra Winemaker

About the Wine

A Grenache of remarkable purity and energy here from the team at Yangarra. As winemaker Peter Fraser notes, "The Ovitelli is our most elegant Grenache from the sands at Yangarra, with great emphasis on perfume, tension and precision."

To create the Ovitelli Grenache a selection of the best fruit from the old Grenache vines that populate the Yangarra vineyard is carefully berry sorted then sent to ceramic egg to ferment naturally and is left to rest on skins for  an amazing 191 days before being pressed. 

This is an ethereal Grenache, a nervy and tightly coiled rendition of the variety, which speaks eloquently of its home. 

Only 250 dozen made.

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
Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Such vibrant perfume of red apples, sugared almonds and peanuts in their shells. It's long and graceful with long fingers of tannin that creep into every nook. Peanut brittle and cherry, cranberry tartness through the finish.The softness, the purity. Spotless wine. Insanely delicious. More please! - Different Drop Wine Team

95Points
The Wine Front

"It smells of grapes. It smells of the earth. It smells wild or free or something like that. It’s red-fruited with a trace of licorice, shows a gentle line of chicory, is spicy and earthen, and has a keen insistence to the finish. Tannin here, silty, is quite gorgeous. It has flare but it also has understatement. It’s a wine to take to the world." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

96Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"70yo vines, hand-picked, 100% destemmed, 50% crushed, fermented in two 675l ceramic eggs, remaining on skins post fermentation for 140 days, no oak maturation. Peter Fraser says he can't explain why eggs perform as they do, and (of course) nor can I. But I am sure you could not bypass oak in favour of stainless steel tanks. The eggs give the wine texture akin to tight-grain oak, and no reduced characters whatsoever." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

Additional Info

From the Producer

The name ‘Ovitelli’ is a portmanteau of ‘ovi’ and ‘vitelli’ meaning ‘egg’ and ‘life’ respectively. The Ovitelli Grenache is our most perfumed and elegant Grenache from the sands at Yangarra. The vibrant fruit of the dry-grown 1946 planted bush vines is rewarded with a long, luxurious ferment and a whole autumn on skins in big ceramic eggs. This is our most elegant Grenache with great emphasis on perfume, tension and precision.

WINEMAKING:

The fruit was hand-picked and mechanically sorted.  100% of the fruit was then destemmed, crushed and tipped into 675L ceramic eggs. The fermentation occurred in the eggs and the wine remained on skins for 191 days post-fermentation. Exclusively matured in ceramic eggs. No pressings were used. Not fined. Certified organic/biodynamic

Blend : Grenache (100%)
ABV : 14.5%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2030
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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