2019 Yangarra "Ovitelli" Grenache McLaren Vale South Australia

SKU #1576574 99 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Such attractive red-floral, stone and bracken aromas here with a red-plum and redcurrant edge, as well as pink grapefruit, blood orange and white pepper. The palate has a sleek and granular feel with a finely detailed style of tannin and a dried red-berry and cherry core. Leaf-like layers of tannin. Exquisite. Drink over the next eight years. Inner quote mark (8/2021)

97 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark From the block next to the renowned High Sands vineyard, Ovitelli skips the oak in favor of 158 days on skins in large ceramic eggs. The result is a Grenache that pulses with energy, purity and expression of place. Aromas match the shimmering antique-rose color. There's fleshy wild red berries, rose petals, tea leaf and an underbelly of white spice. The palate is layered and elegant with a quiet power in the form of ultrafine, textural tannins that cinch the crunchy acidity and juicy fruit. Drinking stunningly now, this wine could cellar until 2029 for another level of complexity. Inner quote mark (12/2021)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark From vines planted in 1946, the 2019 Ovitelli Grenache fermented in 675-liter ceramic eggs and stayed on the skins for another 158 days post-fermentation. Free-run juice was then returned to eggs for another five months of maturation (no press wine is utilized). The result is a medium-ruby wine with extraordinary aromas of red raspberries and cherries, laced with delicate strands of garrigue, wild roses and black tea. Medium-bodied and silky-textured, it's drying yet mouthwatering at the same time on the prolonged finish, an intriguing paradox that prompts sip after sip. It's the best vintage of Ovitelli that I've tasted to date. Inner quote mark (8/2021)

93 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark Hand picked, mechanically berry sorted and 100% destemmed and crushed into ceramic eggs, where fermentation occurred. On skins for a whooping 101 days. No oak, merely further egg time for 8 months. I have adored each iteration of this cuvée since its inception. This is no exception. A pallid ruby. Brilliant aromas of wood smoke, campfire, orange peel and sour cherry, sapid and intense. The mid-weighted palate is framed by a spindly web of tannins that are almost chiffon-like as much as granular, edgy and nebbiolo-esque. Less mid-palate mettle than in the past, but delicious earlier drinking. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

K&L Notes

#13 on James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of 2021 "Peter Fraser oversees the winemaking at this McLaren Vale outpost of Jackson Family Wines. Although there are a couple of Shiraz wines and a Roussanne as part of the lineup, the emphasis here is on the region's pride and joy—Grenache. Experimentation is part of the game, with ceramic eggs, foudres and whole bunches all playing roles. The High Sands version is one of Australia's top Grenache wines year after year, although the Ovitelli is often more fragrant and complex." - Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate


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