2017 Yangarra Ironheart Shiraz
Hand-picked, 75% destemmed and berry-sorted, 25% whole bunches, wild-fermented, on lees in French oak (35% new) for 15 months then a barrel selection to showcase the characteristic ironstone it grows in. A magnificent wine with length to its stride and a lightness of foot.
James Halliday's Wine Companion
The meat, the bones, the sinew, the pucker, seems to be a theme for the top flight reds of Yangarra. The soils kept alive with biodynamic activity, a plot here set aside for this wine. Holds 35% new oak but smells a bit more, tastes a bit less.
This is beautiful, held to medium weight but with a cornucopia of spice an absolute and dominating feature. Garam masala, Chinese five spice, paprika in there and a dash of white pepper, it’s hauntingly scented and flavours are fresh albeit doused in this souk. Ripe and dark fruit characters, a touch of rum n raisin, dried plum and earthy berries. Shale-like minerality here too. Magnificent length unfurling over layers of fine, silty tannin and cool, faintly herbal acidity. Shapeless but tight, lacy and yet stacked with flavour, this is such a great shiraz.
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front