Recently I attended a Yangarra Wines Masterclass & lunch at trendy Gold Coast venue, Glenelg Public House, in Mermaid Beach. The occasion gathered influential members of the local wine trade, including restaurant owners, buyers and venue operators.
Yangarra Estate Vineyard belongs to the Jackson Family Wines, an American company who owns 43 wineries in total, with operations in the United States, France, Italy, South Africa, Chile and Australia. Alex Tulikova, Sales Director Australia, New Zealand & Fiji, was the speaker at the event organized by Peter Panoussis our local representative for their distributor Mezzanine Wines.
Based in South Australia’s McLaren Vale, the Mediterranean climate of the region influences the wines. The 100 hectares of dry-farmed vineyards are growing with no trellis system allowing the roots to find their natural balance going deep in the soil profile as bush vines. Yangarra produces all their wines using organic and biodynamic principles in the vineyard and every grape that goes into the process is handled gently, with great sensitivity.
Peter Fraser is the winemaker at the helm of the operation and his exceptional work reflects in every bottling. Since 2000, he has been crafting every wine with detail and precision, starting from the vineyards and finishing at the winery. Peter uses traditional practices, yet labour-intensive techniques which allow him to create wines that are lush, balanced and specific to Mclaren Vale.
Over lunch the vibe was really positive and energetic amongst attendees, and in between laughs and spontaneous interactions, we enjoyed the gastronomy of the Glenelg Public House. We savoured the pumpkin arrancini on arrival, followed by a delicious charcuterie board as a main and finished off with a cheese platter. The food was the perfect companion to the wines of Yangarra and they shone in every mouthful.
I invite you to discover and appreciate the Yangarra offerings we currently have available at Balthazar Wine & Dining. We stock their Roussane – in my opinion one of the finest examples on the market – as well as the ‘’PF’’ Shiraz, a preservative free wine full of freshness and lively flavours. Look out for the petillant naturel, a sparkling rose made with a blend of Mediterranean varieties, soon to come into our winelist.
Until the next wine adventure.
David Stevens – Castro
Wine and Beverage Manager – Balthazar Wine and Dining