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2016 Yangarra Viognier

Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale, SA

Biodynamically grown and made in tiny quantities; this is one of the country's finest Viogniers.

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About
It's viognier but not as you know it... As good as it gets and stylishly so.

James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

About the Wine

Yangarra's reds may get the lion's share of the press but for scintillating versions of Rhone Valley whites, few can match the impeccable track record of this McLaren Vale powerhouse.

This Viognier is widely considered one of the country's premier examples, renowned for displaying much more freshness and subtlety than the variety often shows. It's also made without any added sulphurs. It's picked early, wild yeast fermented and matured on its lees for several months, all of which result in a much more intriguing and restrained Viognier, without sacrificing any of the variety's famous flavour and oomph.

As always, there is limited availability for this release - only a small amount is ever made. So if you want to the chance to try this wine, you'll have to act quick!

About Yangarra

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
Additional Info

From the Producer

The Yangarra Viognier offers a balance of restraint and intensity and the structure for a long life in the cellar. The grapes are hand-picked early in the season to achieve greater fragrance and finesse.

VINEYARD INFORMATION

The common style of Viognier in Australia is a very rich one with overt dried apricot characters. The Yangarra Viognier is less common in style, it is much more restrained, and picked earlier with the ambition of fragrance and finesse. The vines are planted on an east-facing ridge in the southeastern parcel of our estate vineyard. The soils are sand mixed with ironstone gravels and a modified VSP (vertical shoot positioned) system lets us regulate the amount of sunlight to reach the leaves and grapes. A small amount of fruit thinning is also done pre-veraison to minimise bunch crowding and to ensure even ripening.

The vineyard is certified Biodynamic (certification # 11587) with Australian Certified Organic. We have quite a practical approach, with our philosophy focused around healthy and alive soil, which involves no use of synthetic herbicides or fungicides, use of compost and biodynamic preparations, use of sheep in winter to graze under vine, and minimal mechanical soil disruption.

WINEMAKING INFORMATION

The Viognier was handpicked and we carefully pressed only 60% of the extractable juice to eliminate any potential bitterness or astringency. No sulphur was added.

Fermentation was started in tank then the ferment was transferred to barrel, where it allowed to naturally complete fermentation. The wine was matured for 4 months, the lees retained and stirred monthly, and received filtration prior to bottling.

Blend : Viognier (100%)
ABV : 13.50%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2020
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
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"It's viognier but not as you know it. It's not big, fat nor riddled with apricots. Instead, it's savoury and really textural with grilled nuts, jasmine rice, a creamed-honey leesy character and saline-like acidity. As good as it gets and stylishly so." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

92Points
The Wine Front

"From the estate plantings, biodynamically farmed, hand picked and sent to winery to natural ferment. It hangs out in tank mostly but some older oak is also applied. It’s a good thing to drink, I reckon. Would love to be on the White House (the Yangarra ‘mansion’) patio drinking this on a summer’s night pre dinner. Feels like a good thing to start an evening with. Subtle, fine, elegant expression of viognier. Has a soft, nutty complexion amongst the faint apricot, ripe apple, peach kisses in flavour. It’s very long, supple, licked at its heels with oatmeal savouriness, finishes with a quick zest of mixed citrus. So very easy to like the calm, even nature of this wine, and flavours are pleasing. Almost like a comfort white." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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