Here’s Part 2 of my adventures in McLaren Vale, South Australia. We had such a fun day packed with wine tastings, barrel samplings, great food, amazing vistas of the countryside…. there was simply too much to feature in one post. Read the complete first post McLaren Vale Part 1 here. To catch you up: after connecting with Tony and Anthony at De Lisio Wines, drinking Sparkling Shiraz at Lloyd Brothers, and relaxing with Rosé & tapas at S.C. Pannell Wines, we still had a couple more places we wanted to visit. So next stop: Yangarra Estate Vineyard.
Whilst visiting dear friends in Adelaide, we had enjoyed a bottle of the Yangarra Roussane (and well, maybe a bottle of the Viognier too) a couple nights before our excursion to wine country. So we knew this winery was on our list to visit whilst in McLaren Vale. This stop was towards the end of a long day of tasting, but no matter, we fought on so we could experience the unique portfolio of Yangarra wines. Wasn’t that hard really, we had more wine waiting for us! This winery is part of the Jackson Family Wines portfolio (Kendall-Jackson, La Crema, Arrowood, etc) so I was curious to see how the US-based company influenced the winemaking style of this historic Australian winery.
Yangarra focuses solely on Rhône-style varietals which are grown on the 420-acre estate through a commitment of sustainable vineyard & winemaking practices. In fact, all the wines from vintage 2012 forward are certified organic and bio-dynamic. It was a treat to experience their Roussanne again (delicious!), Mourvèdre, Grenache and Shiraz. They host their tastings salon-style (seated) and our friendly cellar door hostess gave us winemaking and growing facts as we sipped through the range of estate wines.
Here’s what we tasted:
2014 Yangarra Estate Roussanne– captures the classic characteristics of this steely white varietal. Loads of stone fruit on the nose and mid-palate with a wonderful slate & wet stone finish. Great balance of lush fruit with austerity. Nice hommage to this white Rhône grape.
2013 Yangarra Estate Mourvèdre- this wine definitely reflects its terroir with the overt earthiness and bold fruit on the nose. The palate was intense with rich, dark fruit and the tannins were quite pronounced. Not necessarily my cup of tea as far as wine styles go, but this bottling would be a good choice with a hearty braised meat dish or game. It’s a big wine so it needs big food to complement it.
2012 Yangarra Estate Shiraz– this was a nice wine. Very much in keeping with the regional style of Shiraz, but slightly more earthy. I think this is in large part due to the concentration of estate fruit, the organic vineyards and hands-on approach of winemaking. It showed a nice floral component on the nose and opened up into deep, berry flavors on the palate. Finishes with firm, but not offensive tannins.
Cellar door is open 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week.
Address: 809 Kangarilla Rd, Kangarilla SA 5171
Phone: +618 8383 7459 | Fax: +618 8383 7518
Last stop of the day found us catching up with Anthony again at the De Lisio’s barrel aging cellar. We had the opportunity to taste some beautiful wines in barrel. Grenache blends, Cabernet, Merlot…you name it. Some of the wines were still aging on the lees and wouldn’t be finished for a few months yet, whilst others were completed and about to go into bottle very soon. What a treat to have a private tasting with the winemaker!
Phew, that’s a lot of tasting, but what a fabulous outing in one of the world’s premier wine growing regions. How do you finish up a day like that? How about with some more wine! Back in Adelaide we feasted on a homemade pizza of sopressetta, mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, artichokes, and paired it with a 2011 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Red. Can’t think of a better way to end the day!!