Not that many sites seem suited to whole bunches in McLaren Vale but Yangarra is an exception. 25-30%. This was the wine that made me fall in love with the winery. The 2010 vintage had me harassing sales manager Thomas Kriegshauser for an opportunity to cover their work. A dinner with chief winemaker Peter Fraser, facilitated by wine writer Philip White resulted in the fulfilment of that desire.
Fascinating tannin structure winds the wine up before the insistence of black fruits and plum plough through. Dried herbs rather than fresh. The whole bunches are more Rhonish than you’d see in, say, the Yarra Valley. There’s very little in the way of vegetation but plenty of savoury, meaty action. It’s much more than a simple Rhone knock off though. It speaks of place and a certain intent. Ripe yet animated. Will be so good in ten year’s time. 95
Region: McLaren Vale
Tasted: May 2014