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Yangarra Old Vine Grenache (1500ml) 2015

McLaren Vale,SA
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Wine and Winery Information

Yangarra is a biodynamic wine farm in the northeast of the McLaren Vale region in South Australia. Our philosophy centres around producing single-vineyard wines from the best varieties of the southern Rhone, as our estate’s rare geologies, moderate altitude, abundant sunshine and cool evening breezes make it perfect for varieties that thrive in moderate maritime environments. Our respect for this special piece of country is shown in the wines we make, every one is a confident reflection of the nature of this land.


From bush vines planted in 1946 high on our Estate’s deep sandy soils, our Old Vine Grenache is complex, elegant and enticing.

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. Our vase-shaped, dry-farmed old strugglers stand without wires or system of support. This ancient bush vine method spreads the fruit to be more evenly and allows greater natural airow. Set low to the ground on the weathered remnants of a long-gone mountain range, the sandy site reects heat during the day and releases it at night, like the fabled stones of Chateauneuf du Pape, and with the cool evening air that flows down from nearby Mount Lofty enhances physiological ripening to produce intense, bright flavours.

The 2015 vintage was one of the earliest and fastest we’ve ever seen here at Yangarra. Winter started off wet but then it was dry from the first week of August, and flowering set in early. During ripening we experienced steady daytime warmth and cool evenings - on the whole it was a mild summer with only one extreme heat day. A little rain in late January cooled the vineyards, and then harvest happened fast and furiously with a lot of blocks ripening at the same time. Despite this, we were able to get all of our fruit into the winery, and our natural ferments cruised along happily. It was a low-yielding year, but this only helped to intensify the flavours which are shown in the wines, alongside perfect natural acidity and exceptional colour.

Grenache was hand-picked and received via a belt elevator, de-stemmed and then sorted via two sorting tables, resulting in tubs of perfectly whole berries. These tubs are then tipped into our open fermenters (to avoid macerating the skins), where the berries are cold-soaked for 5-6 days and undergo wild fermentation. A careful regime of plunging and drain and returns ensued before the wine was sent to older French barriques after about 12-14 days. The wine in barrel was kept on the yeast lees for approximately 10 months prior to blending. The wine received no fining, just filtration. Certified Biodynamic

“A very intensely flavoured year for grenache for us, showing very concentrated cherry and red fruit aromas. The palate is taught with real brightness of fruit and tension from a naturally high acid year ” - Peter Fraser, Winemaker

Region: Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, SA
Varietal Composition: 100% Grenache
Vine Age: 70 year-old vines
Elevation: 200-210m above sea level
Viticulturalist: Michael Lane
Barrel Aging: 9 months, 100% older French Oak
Alcohol: 14.5%
T.A: 7.83 g/L
pH: 3.09
Winemaker: Peter Fraser, Shelley Torresan

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