Yangarra Noir 2019
SPECIAL BUY 6 OR MORE. 95 Points Halliday
“Venerable vines, fastidious viticulture and cutting-edge winemaking kit. It’s a killer combination, and the reason why Yangarra is producing some of the best wines in the Vale right now.” – Max Allen, The Weekend Australian.
This cutting edge McLaren Vale producer is making delicious energetic estate grown wines from it’s biodynamic vineyards. We have been bowled over by every wine in their line up … a rare occurrence in this business!
2019 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Noir is a blend of 62% Grenache, 15% Shiraz, 12% Mourvedre, 6% Carignan, 3% Cinsaut and 2% Counoise. Grenache is the emerging hero variety of McLaren Vale. Traditional blends of Grenache from our region generally focused on the varieties Grenache (G), Shiraz (S) and Mourvedre (M), and thus the term GSM. For many years in the old world Grenache has had many more blending partners. In France, namely the Sourthern Rhone, it can be blended with Cinsaut, Counouise, Picpoul Noir, Muscardin. In Priorat Spain, with Carignan.
We started planting some of these obscure Southern Rhone and Priorat varieties in 2008 which has culminated in our first Noir blend being produced. Many of these varieties, including Grenache, have a blanc (white), gris (grey) and noir (black) expression of the variety, which lead to calling this the Noir.
From the winemaker: “The 2019 growing season was a very dry, which resulted in incredibly low yields. We had a relatively warm lead up to the ripening period, which produced a very condensed and fast harvest.
There are 100 hectares of vineyards at Yangarra in 35 individual blocks. These vineyards are spread amongst an extra 70 hectares of creeks, native vegetation and native corridors. Each block is defined by different aspects and subtle variations of the sand and Ironstone soils that overlie the ancient North Maslin Sands geological formation. Our Noir is a careful blending of Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Cinsaut, Carignan and Counoise in which the composition varies from year to year, conveying the traditional estate blends of the southern Rhône. The backbone of the wine comes from our old bush vine Grenache planted in 1946.Lifted fragrance, with bright flavour and vibrant acidity.
95 points & SPECIAL STAR VALUE , James Halliday “Noir indeed – this lovely light-bodied, juicy wine is a voyage of discovery by the intrepid Peter Fraser. The grapes were mechanically sorted 50% whole berries, wild-fermented, 14-16 days on skins, matured for 6 months in used French oak. A wonderfully different wine, welcoming investigation, not hiding anything. 62% grenache, 15% shiraz, 12% mourvedre, 6% carignan, 3% cinsaut and 2% counoise. Drink to: 2026; Date Tasted: Feb 2020; Alcohol: 14%.”
93 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front “This is a savoury, mid-weight, well structured and well-fruited red with berry, licorice, iodine and floral notes curling persuasively throughout. The polish here, the tannin, the mouthfeel and the finish; all are top notch. In fact if you want to just lose yourself in a wine, this wine is a good candidate. Value is high.”
RRP $31 OUR SPECIAL PRICE WHEN YOU BUY 6 OR MORE only $24.99!
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Australia, McLaren Vale
Grenache and Blends
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