In a nutshell: Rhône meets South Australia in the fresh, clean and rounded biodynamic white.
The lowdown: Sustainability is at the heart of Yangarra Estate in McLaren Vale and their vineyards of southern French varieties. Nearly half the entire estate is given over to native vegetation and wildlife corridors, and the vineyards have been farmed organically for over 10 years, all resulting in a balanced, biodiverse and healthy farm, and good grapes! The climates of McLaren Vale and the southern Rhône Valley have many similarities so it is no surprise that varieties such as Grenache Blanc, Picpoul, Clairette and Roussanne (along with a touch of Bourboulenc), the constituents of this wine, thrive down under, add in the Australian Winemaker of the Year 2016 and we have a recipe for success.
Hand-picked with the Grenache Blanc and Roussanne fermented separately, the others together, all in ceramic eggs and old French barriques and without early sulphur additions, then matured on the lees for 4 months before bottling. Fresh, bright pear, apple and stone fruit aromas lead onto a clean and smooth palate with those fresh fruit notes coming through and a subtle chalky minerality on the finish.
When to drink: Very food friendly wine. Try with seafood, Asian cuisine or full-flavoured and mildly spiced North African dishes.