It’s fascinating to see how the wines of Yangarra have evolved in the last few years. They were always good, but now they feel speccy. And you can see it most clearly in the Shiraz wines – like this Yangarra Ironheart Shiraz 2018
What a bright, and energetic McLaren Vale Shiraz. Showing none of its 14.5% alcohol, and instead about fruit. I wouldn’t expect it to be this vibrant looking at the winemaking, which is deadly serious.- 25% whole bunches, wild ferment, 32% new French oak. 9 months in barrel, then a barrel selection, with the best blend spending 8 more months in a one-year-old foudre.
Definitely less iron-hearted and more purple fruited this vintage. It smells of blueberries, background oak and rich fruit, followed by a medium to full bodied expression of Blueberry nose. Just enough ferrous grip and some residual oak tannins. The whole thing just jumps out at you with its ripe fruit – too much energy and not much complexity for the moment, but you can see that will come.
Just a lovely Shiraz really.
Yangarra Ironheart Shiraz 2018. Best drinking: good now, probably even better next year, and will live for 10+ years. 18.5/20, 94/100. 14.5%, $120. Would I buy it? I like it a lot, but not sure I can justify the dollars.
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