2021 Yangarra Ironheart Shiraz

Highly Rated
One of the finest Shiraz in McLaren Vale from a modern superstar producer.
3.0
Rated 3.0 out of 5 stars
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96 points
"...heady aromas of violets, licorice, charcuterie and boysenberries... a classy, polished shiraz with immense flavors and personality."
- Ned Goodwin (JamesSuckling.com)

The Ironheart Shiraz is a blend of the best barrels from the most profound block of Shiraz on the biodynamically farmed Yangarra Estate in McLaren Vale.

Block 15, the most distinctive of the twelve blocks of Shiraz on the Yangarra vineyard, yields Shiraz fruit of immense concentration and complexity. The wine has an easy power and authority, a commanding presence and a wine built for great things in coming decades.

The fruit is rich yet balanced, the viticultural team at Yangarra mustering the regional concentration and stature of their hero variety whilst maintaining freshness and purity at the same time.

Big but beautiful is the message. A benchmark example of Shiraz from this region and now one of the most collectable in all of South Australia.

Ironheart is the flagship Shiraz from our single vineyard estate in Blewitt Springs at the northern edge of McLaren Vale. The vineyard’s northern aspect, higher elevation and sandy ironstone soils produce Shiraz with immense concentration and finesse.

VINTAGE SUMMARY

A favourable growing season, with good winter rains, a mild flowering and fruit set period and continued spring rainfall. Vines showed good balance of shoot vigour and moderate berry size. The ripening period that began late January was very cool, with some welcome rainfall in mid-February. The cold nights and mild sunny days in March slowed sugar accumulation, resulting in excellent fruit ripeness and intensity.

WINEMAKING

Hand-picked (24th March), 25% whole bunches, and the remainder destemmed, mechanically berry sorted, and crushed. Open fermenters and on skins for approximately 21 days. A gentle maceration principle of wetting the cap and only draining and returning when reductive. Wild yeast ferment. No pressings are used in this wine. Matured in French oak for a total of 19 months. Kept on lees for 7 months in French oak puncheons (35% new) and then blended to a 2 year old Austrian and French oak foudre and further matured for 12 months. Bottled November 2022. Certified Organic/Biodynamic.

96 Points - "Fermented with 25% whole bunches; matured in French puncheons for seven months (35% new), then transferred to Austrian and French foudre for 12 months. The sandy ironstone soil is the key driver here, with a lilting fragrance combined with rocky ferrous notes, blackberry, blueberry, tar, tapenade, anise, iodine and a briary herbal complexity. Oak is well integrated, though more time is needed to cohere in general, as this is fashioned to age, and it will do so impressively." - Marcus Ellis (Halliday Wine Companion)

96 Points - "This wine has a fuller body and more obvious extract than its elegant King's Wood sibling. Firmer tannins, too. There are heady aromas of violets, licorice, charcuterie
and boysenberries. There is a hint of reduction and barrel-ferment smokiness marking the mid-palate, but this is a classy, polished shiraz with immense flavors and personality. It is clearly built for the mid-term cellar. In '22 this shiraz may well be the superior variety from this site. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drinkable now, but best from 2027." - Ned Goodwin (JamesSuckling.com)

95 Points - "Intense and deep ruby with a rich purple rim. Mulberry, black pepper and nori aromatics. Weighty and powerful with intense blue fruits wrapped by fine gravel tannins that accentuate dark minerality and black spice notes. Very long and focused right to the end, a hint of acidity lifts and fans out the finish. Serious gear this" - Stuart Knox (The Real Review)

91 Points - "A very sweet and black fruited wine, truffle and tobacco, blackcurrant pastille. It’s medium to full-bodied, a whole lot of sweet black fruit, silty tannin, but carries so much of that opulent 2021 vintage character,that maybe, you might say, that it’s too much of a good thing. Blackcurrant, more overt truffle-like sweetness, but you know, good wine, though kind of warm in alcohol too. Maybe a little young, but it’s a LOT of wine as at now." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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    Rated 3 out of 5 stars
    Slightly above average shiraz

    It's not rubbish - that's the nicest thing I could say.

    Was quite disappointed (like many others reviews I've since read).

    Someone should really tell Yangarra that this is a $50 bottle of wine, max.

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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 McLaren Vale, SA Yangarra

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