Yangarra McLaren Vale GSM 2017
- Certified Organic
- Vegan Suitable
RegionMcLaren Vale, SA
The Yangarra GSM is a careful blending of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre in which the composition varies from year to year, conveying the traditional estate blends of the southern Rhône. The backbone of the wine comes from their prized old bush vine Grenache, which was planted in 1946.
Organic and Vegan friendly.
Tasting Notes From the Winery for Yangarra McLaren Vale GSM 2017
Our GSM is a careful blending of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre in which the composition varies from year to year, conveying the traditional estate blends of the southern Rhône. The backbone of the wine comes from our oldbush vine Grenache, which was planted in 1946.
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. Each block is defined by different aspects and subtle variations of the sand and Ironstone soils that overlie the ancient North Maslin Sands geological formation. The 2017 growing season was one of the coldest on record. We had quite a wet spring, which made shoot and bunch thinning of the utmost importance to reduce crop and ensure ample bunch exposure to sunlight. As much as we pick on sugar/acid balance, and importantly physiological characters, we also consider the biodynamic calendar where possible, with fruit days and flower days being the most desirable, and a root day avoided. The grapes were harvested in late March. As much as we pick on sugar/acid balance, and importantly physiological characters, we also consider the biodynamic calendar where possible, with fruit days and flower days being the most desirable, and a root day avoided. Our vineyard is certified Biodynamic (certification # 11587) with Australian Certified Organic. We have quite a practical approach, with our philosophy focused around healthy and alive soil, which involves no use of synthetic herbicides or fungicides, use of compost and biodynamic preparations, use of sheep in winter to graze under vine, and minimal mechanical soil disruption.
The grapes from each block were hand-picked, de-stemmed and mechanically sorted. Whole berries were then transferred to open-top fermenters. We cold soaked the fermentation tanks for 5 days until the onset of wild fermentation, utilising the yeasts that naturally come in with the grapes from the vineyard. The open fermenters underwent a careful regime of plunging and drain and returns. The wine was then sent to older French oak after 10 days and kept on the yeast lees for approximately 10 months prior to blending. The wine received no fining, just filtration. Certified Organic/Biodynamic.
Yangarra is a biodynamic wine farm in the northeast of the McLaren Vale region in South Australia. Our philosophy centres around producing southern Rhone varietal wines only from our single vineyard estate that are an honest reflection of this special place.
Region: Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, SAVarietal
Composition: 60% Grenache, 22% Shiraz, 18% MourvèdreVine
Age: Grenache: 71 year-old; Shiraz: 18-22 year-old; Mourvèdre 13 year-old vines
Elevation: 150-210m above sea level
Viticulturalist: Michael Lane
Barrel Aging: 10 months in older French oak
T.A. 5.7 g/L
Winemaker: Peter Fraser
|Region||McLaren Vale, SA|
|Country of Origin||Australia|
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