Yangarra Old Vine Grenache 2016 375mL

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

"One of the more perfumed vintages, the Old Vine Grenache has pretty floral aromas and briary bright red fruits. The palate shows lots of bright cherry fruit, and the vineyard's typical fine line of sandy mineral tannins and acidity." - Peter Fraser, Winemaker

From old bush vines first planted in 1946.

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Tasting notes from the winery for Yangarra Old Vine Grenache 2016 375mL

Produced exclusively from our Estate bush vines planted in 1946 high on our Estate’s deep sandy soils. Our Old Vine Grenache is complex, perfumed and elegant with a trademark tannin structure

"One of the more perfumed vintages, the Old Vine Grenache has pretty floral aromas and briary bright red fruits. The palate shows lots of bright cherry fruit, and the vineyard's typical fine line of sandy mineral tannins and acidity." - Peter Fraser, Winemaker

VINTAGE The 2016 growing season was marked by a very dry spring it intially seemed as if we were headed for a very early and compressed season. Summer came along, bringing with it some mild rains which slowed down the sugar ripening of the vines. This helped to give brightness and fleshiness to the wines of this vintage.

All of our Grenache grapes are hand-picked. 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. 

VINEYARD The vineyard is certified Biodynamic 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. 

WINEMAKING The fruit for this wine was sourced from blocks 23, 24, 25 and 29. These are dry-farmed bush vines that were planted in 1946, in our ancient sands that overlie the North Maslin geology. The grapes were hand-picked, destemmed and mechanically sorted. 50% whole berries. The berries were then tipped in to open fermenters, cold-soaked for 5-6 days and underwent wild yeast fermentation. No pressings were used. The wine in barrel was kept on lees in older French oak for 10 months. Not fined. Certified Organic/Biodynamic.

Technical Details:
Alcohol: 14.5%
pH: 3.40
TA: 5.3 g/L
Variety: 100% Grenache
Region: Blewitt Springs, McLarenVale, SA 
Vegan Friendy
Certified Biodynamic
Certified Organic

(SKU: YG_GRE_16_375ml)

Wine Type Red
Vintage 2016
Alcohol % 14.5
Grapes Grenache
Region McLaren Vale, SA
Volume 375mL
Packaging Glass Bottle
Closure Screwcap
Country of Origin Australia
Vegan Suitable Yes
Certified Biodynamic Yes
Certified Organic Yes
pH 3.40
Alcohol Level High [14% plus]

2017 VINTAGE:

97 Points | Wine Companion 2020: It is a glorious example of grenache picked earlier than in the past, retaining all the freshness of red cherries/berries; spices starting to build, tannins beautifully shaped

97 Points | James Halliday Top 100 Wines of the Year 2018: Planted in 1946 on a sand dune in the cooler, elevated northeast of McLaren Vale. Hand-picked and sorted, then wild fermented. It is a glorious example of grenache picked early, retaining all the freshness of red cherries/berries, spices starting to build, tannins beautifully shaped.

2016 VINTAGE:

94 Points | 2019 Halliday Wine Companion: From bushvines planted '46, 50% whole berries, 50% destemmed, wild yeast open-fermented, matured for 10 months in used French oak. Very good colour; rich, full predominantly red fruits supported by fine tannins. No hint at all of confection or jam. The finish simply reinforces the depth and the freshness of the fruit from 70yo vines. Bargain. Drink by 2026

94 Points Nick Stock - jamessuckling.com Top 100 Wines: A decadent grenache with dried blueberries, tar, brambleberries and Chinese spices. The palate is also generous but well supported by grainy, tight tannins and a fine line of acidity. A crunchy, chewy finish. Drink in 2020. Screw cap.

91 Points Huon Hooke - The Real Review Sep 2018: Deep red/purple colour with a ripe plum and spice bouquet, rich and deep and layered. A full-bodied, solid wine with masses of firm tannins and the potential to reward keeping. (Off dry-grown vines planted in 1946. 50% whole berry and whole bunch)

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