I didn’t try this Yangarra Old Vine Grenache 2019 side-by-side with the High Sands and I wish I did, as this apprentice would really take it up to the old vine master. That’s purely because this wine has an innate balance, a sense of correct acidity, tannins, and flavour working harmoniously.
Stepping back a bit, the grapes for this were handpicked, with 50% whole berries in the wild ferment. Matured in old puncheons, foudre and ceramic egg for 11 months.
When I try these Yangarra Grenache I straight away think that I must be scoring other wines too high, because these are on a higher tier. In short, it’s the Dustin Martin of Grenache. Dark cherry, a hint of BBQ lamb, the absence of oak allows the fruit to shine and then finished with thick grainy tannins and ‘right’ acidity. The balance, the easiness, the fact that the alcohol is never a thing. Well, it’s just perfect. Those thick-cut tannins! Just magnificent wine.
Best drinking: now to ten years plus. 18.7/20, 95/100. 14%, $35. Yangarra website. Would I buy it? Absolutely.
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