YANGARRA ESTATE Kings Wood Shiraz, McLaren Vale
The Yangarra Kings Wood Shiraz (first vintage 2017) takes the place of the label’s ‘Whole Bunch’ Shiraz first made in 2009. The use of whole bunches is a feature of all Shiraz winemaking at Yangarra. The new wine follows the introduction of large-format foudres (oak vats), also in 2017, and the identification of a single block (Block 12) of suitable, biodynamically-farmed Shiraz growing at 150-180m on weathered sands mixed with ironstone gravels in the Kangarilla sub-district of McLaren Vale.
The wine is 100% estate-grown Shiraz, hand-picked, and double-sorted before fermentation with 25% whole bunches and maturation in 2500 litre French oak foudres for 15 months. Kings Wood Shiraz typically combines power with restraint, showing concentrated fruit in the red cherry, raspberry and red plum spectrum integrated with plush, supple, velvety textures on a long palate.