Fruit Forward: Yangarra Estate Vineyard Old Vine Grenache

2013 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Old Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia

One of the things I like about 100% Grenache is depending on where they are grown, they take on very distinct and different characteristics in style and flavor. This wine from Yangarra brings a lot to the table but in a very clean and uncluttered manner.

The vines that grew the grapes that made this wine are now seventy years old. Sixty-seven years into the continuous struggle for survival those vines produced some pristine fruit for the 2013 vintage. Inviting red and black fruit followed by peppery floral aromas waft from the glass, releasing the bountiful bouquet.

Fruit forward with a core of subtle bright red fruit, the wine comes across deceptively simple in the mouth. Mid-palate the simplicity is unveiled as a tightly focused, well-structured, package that should be cherished by anyone fortunate enough to taste it.

Another factor that led to the clean non-manipulated flavors is the sustainable growing practices Yangarra embraces—choosing to grow without chemicals, pesticides or herbicides. Grilled rosemary garlic lamb in any form will pair well.

Rating: Excellent (91) | $32 | 14.5 % ABV

Yangarra Estate Vineyard Old Vine Grenache


About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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