The 2018 Ironheart is one of the most perfectly balanced and integrated wines I have tasted, yet it has lost nothing of its McLaren Vale flair and flavour. Mouthcoating, really every corner of the palate is drenched in flavours of cassis, blueberry, violets, dark cherry, clove, milk chocolate, boysenberry, raspberry, plum and pepper spice. Oak is structurally important – paradoxically buffing the palate, whilst providing tannic direction. The textural profile is beautifully interwoven with fruit, with tannin present along the entire expanse. Plush and voluminous, the palate is pure and translucent with a gliding, silken texture. The carry is extraordinarily long, but I love the lick of firmness, the slick tannins fading to a powdery grip. It’s as if we are being reminded that for all its silken refinement, we are not to forget that this is a McLaren Vale shiraz. Power is part of its DNA. Waters Wine Co
Squid-ink-purple colour, scents of plush boysenberry, balsamic flowers and coffee. A rush of flavour, sweet red and black cherries, bacon fat, dried herbs and vanilla bean cradled by a full-body with svelte tannins. Showcasing flavour concentration, depth, opulence and long persistence to finish. 96 Points – Amanda Yallop, The Real Review
Ironheart is the flagship Shiraz from Yangarra’s single vineyard estate at the northern edge of McLaren Vale. The vineyard’s cooler climate and sandy ironstone soils produce Shiraz with immense concentration and finesse. Sourced exclusively from Block 15 which lies amongst a gravelly ironstone outcrop (where the North Maslin Sand geology comes to the surface). Hand-picked, 25% whole bunches and the remainder destemmed, mechanical berry sorted and crushed. Cold Soak. Open Fermenters. Plunged. Wild yeast ferment. No pressings are used in this wine. Kept on lees in 35% new French oak, 65% older French oak for 15 months. Made from select, individual barrels which showcase the characters of the ironstone that it grows in. Bottled October 2019.