Thursday, May 17, 2012

Yangarra Estate 2006 Cadenzia, McLaren Vale

The musically named Cadenzia is a red blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Although this classic combination is a hallmark of the Rhone region of France, the Yangarra GSM comes from the McLaren Vale area of South Australia.
I picked up this bottle at Anderson’s annual closeout. This year I decided that I would look for wines that were originally priced in the $20 to $30 price range and were significantly marked down. This bottle was purchased for $13 and was a very good value.
We popped it open with Sax Man and Wine Chick during an evening when the moon was full and at the closest point to the earth of the year. As the orangey moon emerged above the tree line and danced in
and out of the clouds, Sax Man scrambled to set up his telescope. I dashed inside to get my binoculars (and also open this wine).
The image of the moon was a little blurry, but the Yangarra was really focused. It opened with a blast of herbaciousness and melted into a tasty blend of cherry and fig flavor notes. It is a juicy wine with medium body and a deep red color.
It was a great wine to savor on this moonlit evening – not too aggressive and with smoothness to show what makes Australian wines so appealing.
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Rating: 3.5 of 5   Value: 4 of 5
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