Countdown: Blog 140: Guest blog from Tom at Yangarra



Yangarra Estate Vineyard is excited about helping to celebrate 170 years at Oliver’s Taranga.  The history of this family run business is amazing and we hope that they continue to grow grapes and make wine well into the future.

There are several connections between Yangarra and Oliver’s.  The biggest would be that Corrina makes the Oliver’s wines at our winery.  Oliver’s and Yangarra are both members of the Cadenzia Project and work very hard to promote one of our favourite varieties, Grenache.  We work with Oliver’s at numerous tastings, events and dinners throughout the year.  Peter Fraser (Yangarra General Manager/Winemaker) and Corrina went to the University of Adelaide and completed their winemaking degree together.   We also see each other around the Vale and are always happy to catch up over a few beverages.

Corrina asked me to write a few words about Yangarra, our history, our vineyards and our wines.

Yangarra was founded in 2000 when the late Jess Jackson purchased the estate in McLaren Vale.  The oldest vines on the property (bush vine Grenache) were planted in 1946.  All of Yangarra’s wines are from vines grown on our single-vineyard estate in the Blewitt Springs sub region of McLaren Vale.  There are 240 acres of vines in 35 individual blocks spread amongst 420 acres of creeks, native vegetation and nature corridors.  Like Oliver’s (especially Don) we believe that growing grapes is a very important part of the winemaking process.

In the winery, we are utterly devoted to minimal intervention winemaking.  Our desire is to produce wines that are a reflection of the estate’s unique terroir and make wines with a sense of place. Our range of wines includes Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache, GSM Blend (Cadenzia), Mourvedre, Shiraz and we have our 2 icon wines, High Sands Grenache and Ironheart Shiraz.

You can find out more about Yangarra on the web at http://www.yangarra.com, Facebook and Twitter.

Cheers!

Tom Kriegshauser

Yangarra Estate Vineyard