2018 old vine Grenache, Yangarra Estate Wines, McLaren Vale, Australia

100% Grenache Certified Organic/Biodynamic.

Geology: North Maslin Sands (54 million years old) >

Altitude: 200M above sea level 

Tasting Note:

Broody red colour, not quite opaque.

This wine needs time to open up. It is well worth the wait for this Grenache starts to reveal itself the results are delightful.
Lovely perfume of cherry, slight mint, roses and more.
Nice weight, full body, grippy youthful structured tannin, sweet plush fruit, lovely long flavours and clean fresh finish. Elegant and delicious.

Winemaking:The source blocks were 23, 24, 25 and 29 on our single-vineyard estate. Hand- picked and mechanically sorted with 50% whole berries retained and the remaining fruit destemmed. We cold soaked the fermentation tanks for 5-6 days until the onset of a wild yeast fermentation. The open fermenter's underwent a careful regime of plunging and rack and returns. No pressings were used. The wine was kept on yeast lees for 10 months, in 100% older French oak. No fining occurred, just filtration. Bottled in February 2019.”

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