2017 Yangarra "High Sands" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1521056 99 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark From Block 31, the highest elevation at 210m, with the deepest sand. Hand-picked, mechanically sorted, 50% whole berries, open-fermented, 21 days on skins, 11 months on lees in French oak. A rainbow of aromas, leading me to abort my first mental description because I'd already run out of breath. Inner quote mark (9/2020)

97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is so very complex and detailed and has an array of fine-ground brown spices with bright red berries and a gently herbal kick. The palate has drive and power with dynamic tannins whisking raspberry, strawberry and red-cherry flavors along in streamlined, linear mode. Excellent grenache. Inner quote mark (5/2020)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 2017 was a comparatively cool vintage, which has ramped up the elegance and freshness factor on Yangarra’s most premium and renowned wine. Compared with the raw beauty and pure joy of the Ovitelli Grenache (which is half the price), this is a more polished wine, set for time in the cellar but also drinking beautifully now. The floral characteristics shine along side brambly fruit and soft savory, mineral aromas. The palate is open knit, with juicy berries washing over the tongue, followed by a tug of highly textural and precise tannins. Drink now -2030. Inner quote mark (4/2021)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 High Sands Grenache comes from a cool vintage and hence had a longer hang time than most others and a higher pH, which makes it paradoxically more approachable than some warmer years. Delicate raspberry and strawberry nuances mark the nose, as the bulk of the wine was aged in older barrels, with some spending time in ceramic egg as well. It's medium-bodied and silky in texture, with a lingering red-fruit finish. Inner quote mark (7/2020)

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