Thursday, April 4, 2019

Yangarra Tasting

Yangarra flies a little bit under the radar for many wine drinkers. It is time for this to change. It is headed up by the very talented winemaker Peter Fraser. The vineyard sources in Blewitt Springs  are first class.

I reported on one of their white wines a few posts earlier. This is about their premium reds. Unfortunately, the tasting was a bit rushed and chaotic. My notes are not very detailed.

The 2016 Ovitelli Grenache is the second wine from the top. It is fragrant and perfumed, but quite savoury on the palate. It has a very balanced structure (93 points).

The 2015 High Sands Grenache, from the famous 70 year old vine, small berries and sandy vineyard, has phenomenal depth of red fruit, with nuanced and layered flavours. The overall impression is of a powerful and savoury, yet gentle wine with a very long finish (96 points). 

The Shiraz wines come from the home vineyard. The 2017 King's Wood Shiraz, matured in foudres is quite elegant. The black fruit flavours are quite aromatic, with meaty notes adding to its complexity (92 points).

The 2015 Ironheart Shiraz, from a special block in the home vineyard with layers of ironstone, is a more powerful wine, with deeper blackberry fruit. It retains its elegance along the palate and finishes long. This is an excellent example of a full-bodied Shiraz, which is balanced and not over the top (95 points). 

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