Yangarra Estate Vineyard GSM 2016
The Yangarra GSM is a class act. This single vineyard wine from the stunning Yangarra estate in Kangarilla sets a high bar for all others in the region. Winemaker Peter Fraser has focused his attentions on producing the country’s finest iterations of Rhone varieties and this is arguably his best version of this classic blend to date.
The dizzying aromatics and succulent fruit of Grenache meets the plum/choc combo of McLaren Vale Shiraz and the grunt of Mourvedre. This is the quintessential McLaren Vale red.
This GSM is a careful blending of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre in which the composition varies from year to year, conveying the traditional estate blends of the southern Rhône. The backbone of this wine comes from our old bush vine Grenache planted in 1946.
Blend: 58% Grenache, 24% Shiraz, and 18% Mourvedre.
A bright and fragrant aroma, with spicy red and blue fruits. The blending of these three varieties is an equal mix of sharp precision as much as sensuality. Its fruit is bright, shiny and fresh, showing that silky sheen of the Grenache, yet below are more brooding layers which will unfold over the next decade. Without upsetting this harmonious balance, the Shiraz and Mourvèdre will gradually emerge.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
A spicy GSM blend with lots of ripe black cherries, a hint of ivy extract, dark licorice and some cassis. On the palate, this shows real structure and definition with ripe yet sturdy tannins and fresh acidity. A tangy, chewy finish.
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Juicy and succulent, with blackberry, blueberry and pomegranate flavors at the polished core. Accents of black pepper and clove linger on the spicy finish, which is full of finesse and thick tannins. Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2030.
A blend of 58% Grenache, 24% Shiraz and 18% Mourvèdre, the 2016 GSM was fermented in open-top vats with indigenous yeasts and aged in older French oak for ten months. Like all the Yangarra wines, it will benefit from some aeration. Only then will the cherries come out to play with the black olive and sandalwood notes. It’s medium to full-bodied, with a smooth, silky mouthfeel and a lingering finish.
This blend of 58% Grenache, 24% Shiraz, 18% Mourvèdre offers layers of blue and black fruit, warm stones, tarragon and iodine. The palate is sandy in texture, with a burst of crunchy acidity that balances the powerful, structured tannins. Drink 2020–2030.