Yangarra Ironheart Shiraz 2016
|Region||Australia, South Australia, McLaren Vale|
96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Outer quote mark I was thoroughly impressed by the opulent and layered texture of the 2016 Ironheart Shiraz, a wine that in previous vintages has sometimes seemed more about structure than pleasure. It starts off with scents of cedar, menthol, plums and baking spices, then eases into a full-bodied, plush, velvety palate that delivers waves of ripe black cherries. Deep and long, it's a terrific example of McLaren Vale Shiraz that should drink well for 10-15 years.
From a high elevation site with sandy, ironstone soils-and from a terrific vintage-this Shiraz is unlike many of its South Aussie counterparts. There are sanguine and graphite notes amid the broody black cherry, plum and vanilla aromas, plus a raw power that's exhilarating. Alongside the muscle there's also exceptional poise, balance and complexity. Chalky, precise tannins weave together the silky fruit. Drink 2022-2040.
95 points James Suckling Outer quote mark This has a very impressive array of ripe, rich dark plums and black cherries with a very intense and assertive palate that marries powdery, cocoa-infused tannins, as well as density at the finish with an air of precision. Certified organic. Inner quote mark (
Inky purple. Ripe black and blue fruit, floral and spice qualities on the deeply perfumed nose; incense and smoky mineral nuances emerge as the wine opens up. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated cassis, cherry preserve, blueberry and violet pastille flavors given spicy bite by a jolt of cracked pepper. Youthfully firm tannins add grip to a very long, chewy finish that leaves spice and dark fruit liqueur notes behind.
Dense and muscular, featuring a core of cherry and plum flavors that mingles with fresh herb, minerally earth and espresso notes. Firm, deep, dense tannins and a whiff of freshly cracked black pepper emerge on the finish, balanced by concentrated flavors. Drink now. 400 cases made, 200 cases imported.