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Whilst the vineyards at Yangarra were originally planted in 1946, it was the purchase of the property by the Jackson family (Jackson Family Wines in the USA) that set the winery on its current trajectory.

Yangarra is situated in the Blewett Springs region of McLaren Vale, close to the border with the Adelaide Hills. This proximity to the Adelaide Hills, and the associated cooler climatic conditions help explain the finesse and restraint displayed in the wines.

Other factors influencing the wines include organic and biodynamic (certified in time for the 2012 vintage) farming as well as careful decisions in the winery. All fruit is sourced from their own vineyard.

The focus at Yangarra is on both red and white Rhone Valley varietals. The reds are made in large open fermenters, have carefully managed lees work and are basket pressed before being aged in a variety of oak casks, depending on the wine.

The wines were uniformly fine, with the straight Grenache being my pick. Apparently 2013 was a great year for Grenache. Fermentation for some of the fruit is in ceramic eggs. I am not sure what difference this makes as compared to stainless steel, but it looks funky!