Yangarra Estate is a renowned biodynamic wine farm located in the picturesque McLaren Vale region of South Australia.
The winery prides itself on producing exceptional wines solely from its single-vineyard estate, which is dedicated to cultivating the finest grape varieties of the southern Rhone.
The unique combination of rare geologies, moderate altitude, abundant sunshine, and cool evening breezes at Yangarra make it an ideal location for growing varieties that thrive in moderate maritime environments.
The Yangarra High Sands Vineyard is a source of pride for the estate, having been recognized as one of Young Gun of Wines’ 2022 Top 50 Vineyards in Australia.
Yangarra is an exceptional single-vineyard estate located in the esteemed Blewitt Springs subregion, situated at the northern edge of the McLaren Vale region in South Australia.
The vineyard’s unique combination of ancient geology, high altitude, and Mediterranean climate provides the perfect environment for cultivating the finest grape varieties of the southern Rhône.
The estate’s dedication to sustainable farming practices, including organic and biodynamic farming, ensures that the fruit is of the highest quality and truly reflects the terroir.
The resulting wines are complex, elegant and expressive, showcasing the unique characteristics of the vineyard.
Yangarra’s commitment to producing exceptional wines solely from its single-vineyard estate has earned it a reputation as one of Australia’s premier wineries.
With a focus on Grenache and other Rhône varieties, the winery is dedicated to producing wines that are a true expression of the terroir.
The wines are crafted with minimal intervention, allowing the fruit to shine through and speak for itself.
The name ‘Ovitelli’ is a portmanteau of ‘ovi’ and ‘vitelli’ meaning ‘egg’ and ‘life’ respectively.
The Ovitelli Grenache Yangarra’s most perfumed and elegant Grenache from the sands at Yangarra.
The vibrant fruit of the dry-grown 1946 planted bush vines is rewarded with a long, luxurious ferment and a whole autumn on skins in big ceramic eggs.
This is their most elegant Grenache with great emphasis on perfume, tension and precision.
The Yangarra Estate Ovitelli Grenache 2021 is a wine of exceptional quality, sourced from a single block of the most perfumed and elegant Grenache from the sands at Yangarra.
The vibrant fruit of those dry-grown 1946 bush vines is rewarded with a long, luxurious ferment and a whole autumn on skins in big ceramic eggs.
The 2021 growing season was favorable, with good winter rains, a mild flowering and fruit set period and continued spring rainfall to ensure a healthy canopy.
Yields showed good balance between vine vigor and moderate berry size.
The ripening period that began late January was very cool, with some welcome rainfall in mid-February.
The delayed harvest, with cold nights and mild sunny days, produced excellent fruit ripeness and intensity.
The freshness and bright natural acidity of the fruit were a real feature.
Hand-picked on March 24th-25th and selectively berry sorted, the grapes were 100% destemmed, crushed and tipped into 675L ceramic eggs.
The fermentation occurred in the eggs and remained on skins for 133 days.
No pressings were used in this wine.
No oak was used, and it was matured exclusively in the eggs for a total of 13 months.
The wine is certified organic and biodynamic.
In the glass, the Yangarra Estate Ovitelli Grenache 2021 is a bright, clear ruby color, with aromas of red cherries, raspberries and a hint of spice.
On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, with flavors of red fruit, herbs and a touch of earthiness.
The tannins are soft and well-integrated, and the finish is long and satisfying.
Medium deep crimson.
Lifted dried roses strawberry graphite aromas with hint musky notes.
Well-balanced wine with voluminous strawberry raspberry, musky plum fruits, fine loose knit chalky textures, superb mid-palate density and integrated mineral acidity.
Superb layered wine with wonderful fruit complexity and energy.
Drink now to 2034.
– Andrew Caillard, The Vintage Journal, 98 points Red cherry, raspberry, liquorice root, lemon thyme, orange peel, pepper and exotic spice, rosehip.
It’s fleshy with superb graphite tannin, rich flavour but with no excess, the botanical and citrus peel perfume, the succulent raspberry and redcurrant, the tang and freshness, even some smoky bacon things and black tea, but so tight, and so right, with a finish that carries on and on, much like my prose, perhaps.
If this wine is my muse, then so be it.
Throw yourself on to the rocks of this delight.
It’s siren song is strong.
Your passage is a modest $80.
– Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, 96 Points+ From a 2ha block; berry-sorted, crushed into 675L ceramic eggs; on skins for 133 days, in the eggs for 13 months.
A scented rose petal and spice bouquet lays the