Sunday, 8 July 2018

Yangarra Estate Old Vine Grenache 2016


A cracking Grenache from the McLaren Vale subregion of Blewitt Springs. So fine, layers of interest keep you enthused. Vibrant and elegant, a beautifully structured piece of art from Peter Fraser.

Sourced from bush vines planted in 1946 on ancient sands, the vineyards are certified organic and biodynamic. Handpicked, 50% whole berries, cold soaked for 5-6 days,  wild yeast fermentation and aged in old French oak for ten months.

Quite savoury, veneers of dried herbs, smoked meat, fine pepper and brown spices are peeled back throughout. Dark berries play very much a secondary role and their support act is certainly worth tapping your foot to keep the beat. It sways and veers through the mouth effortlessly, the sand on which its grown evident in the subtle minerality present. A sip all night kind of wine - superb!

Drink now to eight years.

95/100

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $35
Source: Sample

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