Wine: Yangarra Old Vine Grenache 2007
Region: McLaren Vale
Yangarra is an aboriginal word for “from the earth.” This winery focuses on natural viticulture, with minimal intervention. In other words, it lets the earth do the talking. The gnarly vines on which these Grenache grapes are grown are 55 years old, lending complexity and body to a grape that at times produce a wimpy wine. When customers ask me to describe a Grenache, I link it to a Pinot Noir, but with more depth and darker fruit. That is what you will find in this wine – finesse and power and lots of drinking pleasure.