Yangarra Estate Blanc 2020 McLaren Vale


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The 2020 harvest will be remembered for many years, mostly for all the wrong reasons. The growing season was marred by a very hot spring and the bushfires that ravaged vast areas of Australia. Luckily Mclaren Vale was untouched by either the fires or smoke taint. The very hot spring did lead to lowest yields on records, but as the grapes started their ripening process the weather miraculously cooled to one of the most mild ripening seasons, resulting in wonderful concentration of flavour, retention of natural acidity and brightness of fruit, but above all beautiful finesse and balanced tannins. Hand-picked and whole bunched pressed. The Grenache Blanc and Roussanne were pressed and fermented separately. The Picpoul (8%), Clairette (10%) and Bourboulenc (3%) were picked together, as the ripeness was very similar and their volumes small. The unclarified juice was fermented in 675 litres ceramic eggs and older French oak barriques, with no acid or sulphur additions. These varieties are supposedly very susceptible to oxidation, but we find we get better results not adding sulphur until the completion of primary sugar fermentation. The resulting wine was then matured in those same vessels on the lees and stirred monthly for 4 months. The has gently aromatic notes of almond skins and warm sandy soils. Fresh apricot flesh on the palate with subtle apple blossom and white flowers.

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Producer Information: Yangarra

Yangarra is an aboriginal word meaning ‘from the earth’ and Yangarra Estate is devoted to producing wines from the best grape varieties of the southern Rhone, and its combination of rare geologies, moderate altitude, abundant sunshine and cool evening breezes make it perfect for growing varieties that thrive in these moderate maritime environments.

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