Yangarra High Sands Grenache 2019
High Sands Grenache is the pinnacle of Yangarra's estate. Reaching deep within the sandy soil, their prized 1946 old vines produce wines that balance intense power and complexity with fragrance and beauty.
The 2019 growing season was very dry, which resulted in incredibly low yields. It was a relatively warm lead up to the ripening period, which produced a very condensed and fast harvest. Grenache faired very well in a season like this, giving rise to concentration, freshness of flavour and marked natural acidity.
Sourced exclusively from Yangarra's special Block 31 (1.7 Ha). At 210m elevation, this is the highest section of the 1946 planted bush vine Grenache, which also has the deepest sandy soil. These small yields were hand-picked 6th of March and selectively sorted. 50% whole berries were destemmed and placed in open fermenters, with a long, gentle maceration for a minimum of 21 days. Wild yeast ferment. No pressings are used in this wine. Matured on lees in older large French oak and ceramic eggs for 11 months. Bottled March 2020.
100% Grenache Noir
Vase shaped bush vine, unirrigated
Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale
1m deep White Sands (silica – not marine) overlying red/orange clay
North Maslin Sands (54 million years old)
210m above sea level
Awards & Accolades
JamesSuckling.com - 100 POINTS — Nick Stock, November 2020