2019 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Noir is a blend of 62% Grenache, 15% Shiraz, 12% Mourvedre, 6% Carignan, 3% Cinsaut and 2% Counoise. Grenache is the emerging hero variety of McLaren Vale. Traditional blends of Grenache from our region generally focused on the varieties Grenache (G), Shiraz (S) and Mourvedre (M), and thus the term GSM. For many years in the old world Grenache has had many more blending partners. In France, namely the Sourthern Rhone, it can be blended with Cinsaut, Counouise, Picpoul Noir, Muscardin. In Priorat Spain, with Carignan.
We started planting some of these obscure Southern Rhone and Priorat varieties in 2008 which has culminated in our first Noir blend being produced. Many of these varieties, including Grenache, have a blanc (white), gris (grey) and noir (black) expression of the variety, which lead to calling this the Noir.
95 points & SPECIAL STAR VALUE , James Halliday “Noir indeed – this lovely light-bodied, juicy wine is a voyage of discovery by the intrepid Peter Fraser. The grapes were mechanically sorted 50% whole berries, wild-fermented, 14-16 days on skins, matured for 6 months in used French oak. A wonderfully different wine, welcoming investigation, not hiding anything. 62% grenache, 15% shiraz, 12% mourvedre, 6% carignan, 3% cinsaut and 2% counoise. Drink to: 2026; Date Tasted: Feb 2020; Alcohol: 14%.”
93 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front “This is a savoury, mid-weight, well structured and well-fruited red with berry, licorice, iodine and floral notes curling persuasively throughout. The polish here, the tannin, the mouthfeel and the finish; all are top notch. In fact if you want to just lose yourself in a wine, this wine is a good candidate. Value is high.”