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2020 Yangarra ‘King’s Wood’ Shiraz

  • Producer
    Yangarra Estate
  • Vintage
  • Grape Variety
  • Region
  • Sub Region
    McLaren Vale
  • Types
  • Size

Yangarra Estate began planting as early as 1946 when the property was called Lalla Rookh, or ‘love nest’. These plantings included a plot of unirrigated bush vine Grenache named the High Sands vineyard. For years the fruit was sought after by local winemakers using it to improve wines from smaller holdings across Mclaren Vale.

Then in 2001 everything evolved. The American Jackson family, famous for their eclectic international winery holdings purchased Yangarra Estate Vineyard with the intention of producing world-class Grenache and Shiraz from these priceless old vines.

Jess Jackson appointed local boy Peter Fraser as winemaker.  Which further cemented his vision to establish one of Australia’s greatest producers of Rhone Valley varieties.

Yangarra under Pete’s skilful guidance has continued to garnish impressive critical acclaim for its wines from the likes of James Halliday.  The single vineyard estate is now farmed using biodynamic principles under the supervision of viticulturist Michael Lane.

Tasting Notes

95 Points Halliday Wine Companion
I like this. A wine that embraces a more medium-bodied, compact and restrained archetype, defined by spicy lithe grape tannins as much as McLaren Vale fruit. A southeast-facing site of ironstone. Green olive tapenade, clove, pepper grind and salumi mingle with succulent red cherry, mescal and blue fruit allusions. The tannins, a spindle of spicy, pithy chewiness, attenuated and polymerised by gentle agitation in the right oak (French foudres for 16 months). A strong regional statement. A benchmark, too, for those seeking savouriness over mere amplitude and ripeness. An exercise in fine tannin management.

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