What a great word archetypal is. Although it’s one of those words that annoying wine writers like me use, but most normal humans would never put in a sentence.
‘Yeah, Matt is the archetypal builder now he has a Ford Ranger’.
No one says that.
Anyway, archetypal is how to describe this Yangarra Ironheart Shiraz 2019, which is everything you’d want in a McLaren Vale Shiraz – a big, chunky, mid-palate driven Shiraz of real flavour volume.
Now, Ironheart comes off Block 15 on the Yangarra property, which has ironstone gravel soils. Power of suggestion, but I can see the ferrous ironstone here. Plush purple fruit, but compact in a warm year style (rather than open and juicy) if a little drying at the edges. That purple fruit volume is proper flagship-level stuff – a flow of Ribena and plum, with thick cut tannins, a kick of alcohol warmth and chew through the finish.
Long, powerful and mouthfilling, this is an impressive Shiraz.
Best drinking: go now or in a decade. Your choice! 18.7/20, 95/100. 14.5%, $125. Yangarra website. Would I buy it? Well worth a bottle.
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