2022 Yangarra Ovitelli Grenache

Highly Rated
Stunning small-batch Grenache and probably the most sought-after wine in the brilliant Yangarra stable.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
3 Reviews

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96 points
"Red fruit, dried flowers (including chamomile), aniseed and mint, tamarind, almond meal and fresh rhubarb, cranberry flavour and acidity... Such a fine and distinctive wine." 
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

A Grenache of remarkable purity and energy here from the team at Yangarra, and simply put one of our favourite Australian wines.

To create the Ovitelli Grenache, a selection of the best fruit from the old Grenache vines that populate the 80-year-old Yangarra vineyard is carefully berry sorted, then sent to ceramic egg to ferment naturally and left to rest on skins for 170 days thereafter.

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

It's a truly wonderful example of McLaren Vale Grenache, which is stunning now but will also evolve gracefully with time in bottle.

Ovitelli is the most perfumed and elegant Grenache from the sands at Yangarra. Sourced from a single block, the vibrant fruit of those dry grown 1946 bush vines is rewarded with a long, luxurious ferment and a whole autumn on skins in big ceramic eggs.


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.


Sourced from Block 30 (2.0 Ha, planted in 1946 and adjacent to the High Sands block). Hand-picked 21st March and selectively berry sorted. 100% destemmed, crushed and tipped into 675L ceramic eggs. The fermentation occurred in the eggs and remained on skins for approximately 150 days. No pressings are used in this wine. No oak, matured exclusively in the eggs for a total 14 months. Bottled June 2023.

96 points, "From 1946-planted vines in Block 30, adjacent to the High Sands Block; destemmed, crushed and fermented in 675L ceramic eggs; pressed after about 150 days then returned to the eggs for a total of 14 months' maturation. Taut and sinewy, both a function of making and the year that was, this is a coiled spring of dried flowers, cranberry, raspberry leaf tea, cherry, pomegranate and dusty white pepper spicing. The pedigree of place, venerable vines, impeccable viticultural stewardship and fine-tuned making suggest this will have a long and exciting future, but it needs a few years to unlock all its mysteries. As it stands, it is a thrilling bottle, if a little stern at present. I have a feeling the score may tick up with time." - Marcus Ellis (Halliday Wine Companion)

96 points, "The concrete and the clay beneath my feet, begins to crumble, but love will never die. Gee, you can really smell and taste the maturation vessel in this wine, which I like, because it appeals to my love of Italian wines and their tannic structure. Red fruit, dried flowers (including chamomile), aniseed and mint, tamarind, almond meal
and fresh rhubarb, cranberry flavour and acidity. It’s medium-bodied, dry and very firm, but does have bright red fruit of some succulence in with all that dusty terracotta stuff. The finish is long and kind of bony, but it does carry perfume as it closes. This may be a little too much for some. but I love it. Such a fine and distinctive wine." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

95 points, "Vibrant ruby and bright purple tones shine in the glass. Raspberry, dried clay and anise spice aromatics. Palate sings with red fruits, Turkish Delight and a mélange of North African spices. Tannins are fine and sandy but have great persistence and power so the whole palate is carried to a prodigiously long finish. There’s so much to
discover here that you’ll want to sit in quiet introspection when drinking it." - Stuart Knox (Real Review)

Customer Reviews

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Robert C.
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    11 months ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Outstanding Grenache

    Follows on from the beautiful 2020 vintage.

    Made from old vines, resulting in a classy wine which is enjoyable without any cellaring required.

    Highly recommended.

    Realistic pricing for such quality.

  • MR
    Michael R.
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    11 months ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Worth the hype!

    Just so unique and interesting. Not cheap, but I went back and bought more

  • PV
    Paul V.
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    1 year ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Cork Dork
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Possibly my fav McLaren Vale grenache!

    Lifted, delicate and full of flavour, so much interest...what a wine

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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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