2022 Yangarra Old Vine Grenache

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One of the most exceptional value wines in Australia right now, Yangarra is the undisputed king of Australian Grenache.
4.8
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
21 Reviews

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Yangarra is arguably Australia's finest producer of Grenache, and this stunning wine is surely one of their finest (and best value) releases yet.

Their remarkable, certified biodynamic vineyard in the higher reaches of McLaren Vale produces a fleet of awe-inspiring Grenache, with this 'Old Vine' release being the heart and soul of the lineup.

The fruit comes from 70-year-old, non-irrigated bush vines, with Yangarra's incredible winery doing its bit to maintain all the purity of fruit and natural vineyard character in the wine. It's not jubey and fruity, nor is it rich and inky - this is an emphatically perfumed, seriously structured, utterly delicious Grenache that will only improve with time in the cellar.

This is a no-brainer for any Grenache lover. Stock up.

These gnarly strugglers were planted in 1946 in a deep sandy dune we call The Beach, overlying the North Maslin Sands geological formation. The Old Vine Grenache is a complex, perfumed and elegant wine with a trademark tannin structure.

VINTAGE SUMMARY

The 2022 growing season followed very similar conditions to 2021, though slightly cooler. There were favourable winter rains and a mild flowering and fruit set period. The cool ripening period took place between late January through to harvest in March. Yields were well balanced, and we were pleased with the fruit ripeness, intensity, freshness, and natural acidity.

WINEMAKING

Sourced exclusively from 13.3 hectares of un-irrigated bush vines planted in 1946. Hand-picked, selectively sorted in the winery. 50% whole berries retained. Wild yeast. A very gentle pump over regime during fermentation, often just wetting the cap. Some extended maceration where taming or polishing of tannin required and in some cases up to 10 months. No pressings used. Maturation in a mixture of old French and Austrian puncheons, foudre, ceramic eggs and amphora. Certified Organic/Biodynamic. Bottled July 2023.

96 points - "Bush vines planted in 1946 on a deep sandy dune. Hand-picked and sorted, with 50% whole berries for a wild ferment. Perfumed rose petals and wild strawberries, the palate bursts with energy and drive, all in a red spectrum." - James Halliday (The Weekend Australian)

4.8
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
Based on 21 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 16 Total 4 star reviews: 5 Total 3 star reviews: 0 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 0
100%would recommend this product
21 reviews
  • VT
    Vladimir T.
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    9 seconds ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Gorgeous drop from the land of Yangarra

    I am not usually a Grenache drinker, but this wine and the Ovitelli Grenache have been the highlight of my drinking journey in 2024.

    Gorgeous perfume on the nose, not too acidic and easily drinkable following 1 hour of decant.

    Highly recommended.

    TasteRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 2.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • BJ
    Brad J.
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    2 months ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Beautiful Drop

    A light yet complex wine with wonderful structure.

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • CD
    Clare D.
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    5 months ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Delicious!

    Red fruit with a savoury note on the nose, medium bodied, very smooth and elegant. Grenache is my preferred wine and this is a standout. Highly recommend.

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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    Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • DH
    Dave H.
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    5 months ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Delicious grenache

    A fantastic release from Yangarra. Ready to drink now or cellar for 5+ years.

    TasteRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • SR
    Steen r.
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    6 months ago
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Delicious

    Vibrant nose, lovely balance of flavours. Young but already showing lots of potential.

    TasteRated 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Interest LevelRated 3.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
    Value for MoneyRated 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5
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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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