Friday, 24 April 2020

Yangarra Estate Ovitelli Grenache 2018


Pure bliss. There's not much more to say really. Only last week I reviewed a Grenache and I suggested the variety was currently a purple patch. And then this beauty waltzes through the door. Brilliant and then some.

Planted in 1946, the certified biodynamic and organic vines sit adjacent to the famed High Sands block. De-stemmed, crushed and tipped into 675L ceramic eggs, after fermentation it remained on skins for 158 days. No oak seen here. No pressing either - just the purity of Grenache singing from the rooftops.

Pristine red berry fruit, fine spices and cut herbs, but that colour! The almost translucent cerise hue is hypnotic. There's an acid crunch but then I shift focus to the soft berry fruit lingering some more. Another wave of spice strolls to the kerb asking for a ride. And it rides long. Then comes the earthiness and herbal touch once more. Stunning. Grenache to embrace.

Drink to eight years+

95/100

Region: McLaren Vale
RRP: $55
Source: Sample

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