Yangarra - Boutinot

Meet the Producer

The Med meets McClaren Vale at Yangarra where single-estate Mediterranean varieties planted as far back as 1946 are grown in a traditional bush-vine style. The Blewitt Springs sub region of McLaren Vale, South Australia, is home to Yangarra Estate - 250 acres of vines in 35 individual blocks spread amongst 420 acres of creeks, native vegetation and nature corridors. It's here in their state-of-the-art winery that 'Australian Winemaker of the Year 2016', Pete Fraser, crafts his elegant wines full of concentration, complexity and texture.

Yangarra is an aboriginal word meaning ‘from the earth’ and Yangarra Estate is devoted to producing wines from the best grape varieties of the southern Rhone, and its combination of rare geologies, moderate altitude, abundant sunshine and cool evening breezes make it perfect for growing varieties that thrive in these moderate maritime environments. Customers and critics alike love these wines.

A Note on Sustainability

Yangarra’s 420 acre single-vineyard estate has been farmed organically since 2008, and the property was certified A grade organic and biodynamic in 2012. From the 2013 vintage onwards all the Yangarra wines are certified biodynamic. The goal in becoming biodynamic was primarily to improve soil health and vitality, so that the wines truly reflect the place in which they are grown. Farming in this way also allows it to create a healthy, natural environment for its vines, and one that will allow the fruit they produce to express the vitality of their surrounding environment. There are also additional benefits of biodynamic farming: creating positive environmental benefits and a healthier environment for staff and visitors, and sustaining the land for the longer term.

Yangarra incorporates old farming techniques that existed before synthetic chemicals, and carries them out using the latest viticultural technology. Soil moisture monitoring, pest and disease forecasting, and disease modelling using petiole, soil and water analysis is used as required. Specialised machinery such as under-vine mowers, a Tournesol under-vine cultivator (mainly used for young vines), and a mechanical defoliator, all help to carry out old farming practices but on a larger and more efficient scale. Instead of applying quick fix chemical sprays, Yangarra focusses on a longer-term understanding of what’s happening in the vineyard. It plans ahead and thinks in the future: for example, nutritional inputs like compost will take up to 12-18 months before any significant changes are noticed in the soil and the vine.

Wines by Producer