2017 Yangarra Estate McLaren Vale Shiraz
This is the Australian operation of the Jackson Family Wines, one of the leading wine producers in California. In 2000 they purchased the Normans vineyard with some very old vines (some dating back to 1923). They employed Peter Fraser to head up the winemaking and he’s been there ever since. The have moved to farm the vineyard organically. James Halliday rated this 97/100, in his 2020 ‘Wine Companion’. This is what he wrote “It relentlessly captures the senses with its dark spiced fruits, the aftertaste slowly diminishing.” It went through a wild ferment, some of it in ceramic pots. The resulting wine is loaded up with licorice, bitter chocolate and cherry cola flavours.