2022 Yangarra Hickinbotham Grenache

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The only Yangarra wine not made from the estate, but still one of McLaren Vale's finest.
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97 points
"Raspberry, pomegranate, redcurrant, rosehip, musk, anise, dried orange peel, the fruit impeccably framed on the nose, and bound by an intricate net of fine sandy tannin on the palate carrying incredibly long. It’s an exceptional release." 
- Marcus Ellis (Halliday Wine Companion)

Pete Fraser and Yangarra get to spread their wings here, with a small batch Grenache made from the iconic Hickinbotham vineyard. 

Situated just 5 minutes up the road in Clarendon, the Hickinbotham vineyard has different soils and elevation to that of Yangarra, but the quality and attention to detail in the winery is no different.

It's always a flavour-packed, pure-fruited style, with the 2022 tannic thumbprint only enhancing its power and presence. 

A stunning Grenache and right up there with the region's best.

From a site whose slopes are steeped in rich history, we source this Grenache from unirrigated bush vines planted in 1962 on the Hickinbotham Clarendon vineyard. Its distinctive fruit is nurtured with a gentle wild fermentation and matured in grand ‘cocciopesto’ amphorae. Capturing a contrasting expression of detailed perfume and a loose knit weave of tannins.

97 points, "Destemmed, crushed and fermented in 1800L ‘cocciopesto’ (or opus signinum – a Roman ‘concrete’ that was used in bathhouses, cisterns and aqueducts) amphorae, with about 150 days on skins before pressing and returning, with 15 months' total time. Compared to the Ovitelli, this often shows a little more forward fruit and textural flex. In a year like 2022, where tannins and savouriness are turned up, that brighter pop gives this an earlier appeal, though it is no less equipped with mouth-puckering grip and zippy acidity. Raspberry, pomegranate, redcurrant, rosehip, musk, anise, dried orange peel, the fruit impeccably framed on the nose, and bound by an intricate net of fine sandy tannin on the palate carrying incredibly long. It’s an exceptional release." - Marcus Ellis (Halliday Wine Companion)

96 points, "Bright, crystalline ruby red in the glass. Lift of raspberry and rose petal, hint of dry soil on the nose. Palate Is medium weighted with slippery red berry fruits and a subtle dried herbal undertone. Well-framed tannins ensure it carries and drives with focus and tension and the finish is remarkable in its length and detail." - Stuart Knox (Real Review)

95 points, "Fragrant and vital, with crushed rose petals, dried thyme, strawberries and lavender. The tannins are long, lithe and detailed. Full-bodied yet floral. The feel is ethereal and the texture diaphanous until the ferrous, somewhat rustic tannins show in the finish. Drinkable now, but best from 2028." - Ned Goodwin (JamesSuckling.com)

92+ points, "Strawberry conserve, raspberry, mint and sweet spice. It’s a juicy strawberry flavoured wine, with firm stony and dusty tannin, does not have the depth and verity of fruit of the High Sands or Ovitelli, nor the complexity. It is juicy though, and offers almond and sage leaf, with a dusty chalky finish of good length." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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    2 years ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Dark brooding newcomer

    Towards the darker, more potent end of the new Grenache scale. Deeply scented nose, dark cherry and plum with irony hints. Superbly worked palate, pleasantly fine gritty tannins provide a strong framework for the potent dark fruits. A keeper.

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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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