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