Yakka Shiraz 2017

Yakka Shiraz 2017


Our Yakka is named after the hardy Xanthorrhoea flowering plant which is ubiquitous in Australia and found around Longview’s perimeter.

Matured for 15 months in old and new French barriques, the wine displays vibrant blue fruits, spice, flavours of dark chocolate and coffee. This elegant, cool-climate shiraz is medium bodied, and finishes with a delicious vanillin length and velvety texture. Like the Yakka, it is dramatic and structured and will thrive in most occasions.

Our Yakka is as complex as the plant we’ve named it after and, whilst excellent to drink now, it will also benefit with 10+ years cellaring.

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Our 2017 Yakka Shiraz has a dark violet hue, with lifted aromas of raspberries and plum, anise and baking spices. The palate is plush, and tannins are silky smooth with well-integrated oak characters. Excellent to drink now and will benefit with 10+ years cellaring.

The first parcel of Shiraz was harvested on the 1st of March and the last parcel was picked on the 15th of March. This was approximately 2 weeks ahead of the average harvest dates for Shiraz at Longview Vineyard. The season started with good soil moisture enabling early spring growth, followed by ideal flowering conditions in November. The hot weather through December and January helped control the growth and wet weather in February freshened the canopies to ensuring even ripening. The ripening period from veraison was ideal with exceptional acid retention and cool climate flavour development.

At the winery the fruit is fermented cool, then left on skins for 10 days. After malolactic fermentation, the wine is aged in old and new (20%) French Oak Barriques for around 15 months

2017 Yakka Shiraz

Bronze Medal – Sydney Royal Wine Show

90 Points – Toni Paterson, The Real Review – “A good mix of fruit sweetness and savouriness. Juicy raspberry fruit and subtle spice. I enjoy the density, and energy of the mid-palate, as well as the bright acidity. Decanting is recommended to unleash the aromatic red fruit characters.”

2016 Yakka Shiraz

95 Points, James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2019 – “You can’t help but admire the integration of sweet, sawdusty French oak with black-cherried fruit and assorted spices and woody herbs. Plum flavours add yet more flesh to sink into; smoke notes a bit of fantasy; velvety texture the cushion on which it’s all propped. It’s a wonderful red to settle in with.”

93 Points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review – “Deep red/purple colour and a lovely spicy, clean, vibrant aroma of properly ripe shiraz, the pepper and spice notes nicely mingled with red and darker fruits. Oak has been sensitively employed, the tannins are soft and mild but present, acidity is crisp and balanced, all leading to a refreshing, cleansing finish and aftertaste. An elegant shiraz.”

94 Points, Campbell Mattison, The Wine Front – “The Yakka vineyard has been a good performer over the years. Plush but cool, if that makes sense. It’s not baked or thick; it’s juicy and lively, though the fruit is ripe and indeed has some sweetness. Happy days. Plums, red cherries, sawdust, cloves and woodsmoke. A splash of dry herbs, but not in an overt way. This wine will appeal to those who enjoy lashings of shiraz fruit but don’t mind a bit of elegance. A bit of finesse. Tannin continue that latter theme. The word latticework comes to mind. It’s an excellent release.”

Gold Medal – Korean Wine Challenge 2018

Blend Shiraz (100%)
Alcohol 14.5%
Residual Sugar 0.9 g/L
pH 3.51
Total Acidity 6.3 g/L


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