Yangarra Estate Vineyard
2011 McLaren Vale Shiraz
Shiraz •Estate Vineyards
Australia: McLaren Vale (South)
Of the earth...
Today’s Yangarra Estate Vineyard 2011 McLaren Vale Shiraz is an incredibly delicious wine from one of Australia’s premier wineries.
Yangarra is an Aboriginal word meaning from the earth, and this is the guiding principle for winemaker Peter Fraser as he crafts his award winning Aussie treasures. Today’s wine is sourced from the most sought-after vineyards in the McLaren Vale. Ancient sandy soils and a Mediterranean climate provide a near perfect growing condition for Shiraz grapes, and Peter does everything he can to let that quality shine through his wines.
This ideal is clearly evident in today’s Shiraz, which is an incredibly elegant and flavorful wine that has a balance and - dare we say - restraint that’s not seen in many Australian wines. A few members of our tasting panel did a double take when they were told today’s wine hails from Australia.
If you’re looking to experience just how good Australian wines can be, don’t hesitate to grab a few cases of today’s stellar vintage. You won’t regret it!
Nearly opaque crimson, with flecks of magenta and a beautiful red ruby at its fringe.
Bold aromatics of blackberry, blueberry and boysenberry, all on the fresh side of ripeness, mingles with eucalyptus blossom, lilac, black peppercorn, and a touch of smoky wood fire.
Incredibly rich and juicy, with flavors that are very reminiscent of the nose. Rich boysenberry and blackberry are laid overtop rosemary, sage, sweet tobacco leaf, allspice, and hints of smoke from a slowly burning log fire.
Much more elegant in nature as opposed to the behemoths you might be accustomed to coming from Australia, this is a Shiraz for Pinot lovers.
Lamb chops, seasoned with rosemary and garlic, then seared on a super hot charcoal grill.
What the Winery Says
Due to the conditions of the 2011 harvest, all our Shiraz was hand-picked and received by way of a belt elevator (rather than a screw hopper which macerates the skins) and only de-stemmed. Whole berries were double sorted before going into open-top fermenters. We normally cold-soak the grapes and allow onset of wild-fermentation, but in 2011 we elected to inoculate with cultured yeast for an immediate fermentation. The open fermenters underwent a careful regime of plunging and drain and returns. The wine was then sent to older French barriques after about 12-14 days and kept on the yeast lees for approximately 12 months prior to blending. It was matured in only 5% new oak to retain the elegance and finesse of this vintage. The wine received no fining, just filtration.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate Review Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2011 Shiraz offers quite a floral nose with a core of dark fruits, blueberries and dark chocolate. Big, rich and voluptuous yet wonderfully balanced in the mouth, it has medium to firm finely grained tannins and a fresh acid line, finishing with good length. Approachable now, it should drink best 2014-2022+.
- Peter Fraser
- 93 Points - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Previous Vintage)
- McLaren Vale, Australia
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Shiraz
- 24 months in French oak
About the Winery
Yangarra is a biodynamic wine farm in the northeast of the McLaren Vale region in South Australia. Our philosophy centres around producing single-vineyard wines from the best varieties of the southern Rhone, as our estate’s rare geologies, moderate altitude, abundant sunshine and cool evening breezes make it perfect for varieties that thrive in moderate maritime environments. Our respect for this special piece of country is shown in the wines we make, every one is a confident reflection of the nature of this land.