Jackson Family Wines is a collection of premium wineries owned privately by Barbara Banke and the Jackson family. With a portfolio of esteemed vineyards in California and Oregon, they also own estates further afield in St. Emilion, Tuscany, McLaren Vale, South Africa and Chile. Each winery has its own winemaker, vineyards, varietal focus and unique style showcasing the particular terroir of its location.
With the arrival of Autumn, Jackson Family Wines has put together a selection of warming reds from its estates. These wines are characterised by earthy, forest floor notes and the wild red fruit that mirror the seasonal products available this time of the year.
Yangarra Estate is a biodynamic winery in the northeast of McLaren Vale in South Australia. Their philosophy centres around producing single-vineyard wines from the best varieties of the Southern Rhône. The estate's rare geologies, moderate altitude, abundant sunshine and cool evening breezes make it perfect for varieties that thrive in moderate maritime environments.
There are 100 hectares of vineyards at Yangarra in 35 individual blocks. These vineyards are spread amongst an extra 70 hectares of creeks, native vegetation and native corridors. Each block is defined by different aspects and subtle variations of the sand and ironstone soils that overlie the ancient North Maslin Sands geological formation.
Grapes for this wine are sourced predominantly from blocks with a very sandy topsoil (sandy loam over clay). These tend to result in wines that are lighter bodied and more perfumed. The grapes are de-stemmed and mechanically sorted with a large percentage of whole berries retained, before being tipped into open-top fermenters. After a few days cold-soaking, natural yeast fermentation is allowed to take place. The wine is carefully pressed after approximately two week on skins and allowed to complete malolactic fermentation prior to bottling with no barrel ageing.
Being certified organic and biodynamic, no synthetic herbicides or fungicides are used. Also, the wine is made without any additives and is filtered but not fined.
The 2019 growing season was very dry, resulting in incredibly low yields. A relatively warm lead-up to the ripening period produced a very condensed and fast harvest. The Shiraz ripened quickly, but with good bunch exposure, the grapes could be picked early to retain balanced sugar, natural acidity and ripeness of flavour.
This wine is 100% Shiraz from 21 year-old vines grown at 190m above sea level. PF stands for Preservative Free and also for winemaker Peter Fraser.
Plenty of juicy, vibrant fruit in this fresh, youthful, very moreish, medium-bodied style of Shiraz. Notes of plums, blackberries and raspberries plus gentle hints of liquorice, paprika, black pepper and nutmeg with an earthy and saline edge. The ABV is 14%, but it's barely noticeable due to the fresh acidity, smooth tannins and ripe, fruit-forward character.
This wine is perfect for autumnal nights at home. It matches superbly with a rump or T-bone steak and I can testify to that - it was a delicious combo for last night's dinner!
Yangarra Shiraz 2019 is available from Kwoff, RRP £19.99.