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Yangarra

Quality Second To None

Yangarra is one of our favourite local producers. The quality of fruit is second to none in the region and Michael Lane is recognised as one of the best viticulturists in the country. 

Michael and Pete Fraser (the winemaker) have worked together for 20 years and they’ve truly led the way in sustainable farming in Australia. Yangarra is certified organic and biodynamic and was the first McLaren Vale winery to plant Rhone varieties properly suited to the climate. It was all pretty ground-breaking in McLaren Vale at the time, given the region had been so long dedicated to shiraz and cabernet.           

They’ve since got their hands on some of the first plantings of Rhone varieties like grenache blanc, picpoul blanc, bourboulenc, picpoul noir, clairette blanc and counoise. Varietals that thrive given the moderate altitude, plentiful sunshine and cool evening breezes reminiscent of moderate maritime Mediterranean conditions. But grenache is undoubtedly the hero of Yangarra. And their High Sands grenache is arguably the best in Australia right now.

Just over half of the 170 hectare property is planted to vine, with the remaining land dedicated to native vegetation and wildlife – driving the symbiotic relationship between the vines and their natural surroundings.

The sensitive winemaking philosophies and biodynamic regenerative farming practices used at Yangarra yield wines with true reverence for the land.

Yangarra

Ovitelli Grenache 2020

Why We Love This Wine

These vineyards make beautiful site-specific wines. This one comes from Block 30, planted in 1946, adjacent to the glorious High Sands Block. On skins for 101 days (not a typo), the juice is free run, not pressed. All that tannin and mouthfeel comes from the berries. Cherry and raspberry, grippy and pure. Grenache to rival the best. Just wow.
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Honest and Confident Wines

Yangarra’s wine making philosophy is driven by provenance, the sprawling vineyards are set amongst blooming natives, winding creeks and wild nature. It’s a special site in Blewitt Springs with beautiful old bush vines. 

Constant observation and an uncompromising attention to detail in the vineyard follows into the winery. Winemaker Pete Fraser, known for his sensitive approach to winemaking, responds to the nuance of each vintage. He was the brains behind the vineyard’s transformation to organic and biodynamic, and he works hard to preserve those natural characters with a simple but powerful ability to discern ‘when to’ and ‘when not to’ in the winery. He yields honest and confident wines with a strong sense of place.

He draws on winemaking techniques of old, in pursuit of complexity, purity and mouthfeel – wild fermentation, amphoras, ceramic eggs, basket pressing and large format oak foudre, to name a few. They’re timeless wines, expressive of the location, true to varietal character, and anything but pedestrian. 

Yangarra make delicious accessible blends under $30, which we love, but the single vineyard allocation is what we stay for. Exciting, progressive winemaking with meticulous attention to detail.

Yangarra

Ovitelli Grenache MAGNUM 2019

Why We Love This Wine

These vineyards make beautiful site-specific wines. This one comes from Block 30, planted in 1946, adjacent to the glorious High Sands Block. On skins for 101 days (not a typo), the juice is free run, not pressed. All that tannin and mouthfeel comes from the berries. Cherry and raspberry, grippy and pure. Grenache to rival the best. Just wow.
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Yangarra

High Sands Grenache MAGNUM 2015

Why We Love This Wine

Yangarra’s High Sands Grenache is the all seeing, forever reigning King of the vineyard - perhaps the Vale. Grown from deep, sandy soils at a high elevation, low yielding mid 40’s Blewitt Springs vines are aged on lees in old French oak and ceramic for eleven months. Bow on down to its perfume and intricate power; this is true world-class Grenache.
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