Yangarra High Sands Grenache 2017



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  • Vegan Suitable
  • Certified Biodynamic
  • Certified Organic
  • Winery
  • Region
    McLaren Vale, SA
  • Grapes

"This is so very complex and detailed and has an array of fine-ground brown spices with bright red berries and a gently herbal kick. The palate has drive and power with dynamic tannins whisking raspberry, strawberry and red-cherry flavors along in streamlined, linear mode." 97 Points, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

High Sands is the Holy Grail of the Yangarra Estate. It captures the essence of the prized old vines planted in the deep sandy soils. Very probably the best Grenache produced in Australia.


Tasting notes from the winery for Yangarra High Sands Grenache 2017

High Sands is our Holy Grail. It captures the essence of our prized old vines. The High Sands block has a restrained authoritative power that is an antithesis to its purity, fragrance and beauty.

VINTAGE The 2017 vintage season was one of the coldest on record. We had quite a wet spring, which made shoot and bunch thinning important to ensure ample bunch exposure to sunlight. The ripening period was quite dry, the cold growing season resulted in a much longer hang time with harvest drawing out till April. We harvested on the 8th of April 2017 - a fruit day in the biodynamic calendar.

WINEMAKING Hand-picked and mechanically sorted. 100% Destemmed, with 50% whole berries. Cold soak. Open fermenters. Plunged. Wild yeast ferment. No pressings are used in this wine. Kept on lees in 100% older French oak for 11 months. We have selected individual barrels that showcase the pedigree of the deep sand, with lifted fragrance, intense fruit expression and fine, gritty long tannin structure. Not fined.

VINEYARD Yangarra is a single-vineyard estate situated in the north- east of the McLaren Vale region, South Australia. Yangarra’s combination of ancient geology, higher altitude and Mediterranean climate provide the ideal growing conditions for the best grape varieties of the southern Rhône.

Technical Details:
Alcohol: 14.0%
pH: 3.58
TA: 5.6 g/L
Variety: 100% Grenache Noir
Region: Blewitt Springs, McLarenVale, SA 
Vegan Friendy
Certified Biodynamic
Certified Organic

(SKU: YG_HSG_17)

Wine Type Red
Vintage 2017
Grapes Grenache
Region McLaren Vale, SA
Volume 750mL
Packaging Glass Bottle
Closure Screwcap
Country of Origin Australia
Alcohol % 14.0
Alcohol Level High [14-16%]
Vegan Suitable Yes
Certified Biodynamic Yes
Certified Organic Yes
pH 3.58

97 POINTS – "This is so very complex and detailed and has an array of fine-ground brown spices with bright red berries and a gently herbal kick. The palate has drive and power with dynamic tannins whisking raspberry, strawberry and red-cherry flavors along in streamlined, linear mode. Excellent grenache. Drink or hold. Screw cap". Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com

99 Points - WINE OF THE YEAR 2020 Halliday WIne Companion 2020: This is the king of Australian Grenache and not to be undertaken lightly. Deep, although clear, in colour, it has a rainbow of flavours, its deep roots probing the soil nearby for sustenance that will provide tannins and all things needed for the grapes to reveal the magic evolution of the red flowers and spices of this wine.

96 points Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front: Bush vine grenache, planted 1946. Hand picked, wild fermented, 50% whole berries, cold soaked, open fermenters, matured in French oak but none of it was new. Certified organic/biodynamic. A remarkable wine. Sheer fruit power, lakes of tannin, character in spades. Game, black cherry, saltbush, gum leaves and pure fresh plum. Tight through the finish, almost too much so, but as it ages it will unfurl and expand. Serious grenache. Imposing.

95 Points Toni Paterson The Real Review: A highly rich and concentrated wine with gorgeous aromatic appeal. Alluring dried cherry fruit enhanced by some fine sweet-oak. Although the palate is concentrated, there is appealing background savouriness. The tannins are intricate, fine and plentiful, and the finish is long and delicious

98 points Halliday Wine Companion 2019: From Block 31, the highest section of the vineyard at 210m planted '46, 50% whole berries, 50% destemmed, wild yeast open-fermented, matured for 10 months in used French oak. For many devotees of McLaren Vale grenache, Yangarra Estate High Sands is the king. It's not for idle dalliance as is young grenache that is focused on freshness and purity of red fruit flavours, this has power and depth, the oak simply softening an edge or two here and there, most assuredly not about imparting oak flavour. Red and black fruits both contribute without cutting across the power of the other. Drink to 2045.

96 points Christina Pickard Wine Enthusiast: From Yangarra’s highest blocks of 1946 bush vines, planted on soils so sandy they resemble a beach, this biodynamic Grenache is remarkably complex and ageworthy. Driven by minerals, the hot stone and iodine aromas weave seamlessly into softer ones like drying violets, crunchy red fruits, ground pepper and a basket of freshly picked herbs from the garden. The palate has focus, structure and finesse, the signature of a sensitive and highly experienced winemaker (Pete Fraser). Tannins are chalky and fine, pinning in the crunchy high-toned fruit, corset-like, and allowing more terroirs-driven elements to shine through. A berry and wild herb finish lingers on the close. Drink now–2029. Editors’ Choice. —C.P.

95 points Huon Hooke The Real Review: Deep red/purple colour. The bouquet holds smoky, charry, savoury aromas with some dry spice notes, and has depth and gravity which mirrors the deep colour and is more profound than usual in pure grenache wines. Clove, pepper, mixed-spice aromas, full body and powerful flavour. The tannins are fine and soft and nicely balanced, providing impressive structure to the wine. An outstanding grenache. Drink 2020 - 2040

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