97 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
96 Points Gary Walsh
High Sands is Yangarra’s Grail. It captures the essence of their prized old vines. For them, High Sands means intense, brilliant, taut yet harmonious, serene, wholesome and complex.
“Decant the High Sands and let it breathe. It walks a tightrope of power and finesse. Aromas of very concentrated, spiced dark fruits appear alongside pretty florals, which become more apparent the longer the wine is open. The palate is rich and plush, with its trademark tight line of tannin and acidity. We build this wine to reward patience in the cellar.” – Peter Fraser, winemaker.
“From the highest section of the vineyard planted ’46 on the deepest sand, hand-picked, 50% whole berries, cold soak, open-fermented, wild yeast, matured in used French oak for 12 months. This is in another league altogether. There is total fusion between the fruit and tannins first up, oak likewise subsumed by the fruit. There is a bright display of a blaze of red fruits, so vivid the structural components are relegated to the back of the stage, where they will remain for the life of the wine.” – 97 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
“271 cases. 210 meters above sea level. 1946 planting. Only old oak. 50% whole bunch. The 2012 was very easy to judge in the glass, while this 2013 took a while to get my head around. As an aside, a Nebbiolo/Burgundy glass ended up being the best vessel for delivery of this wine. Needs a decant or plenty of air, if you open one now. Very earthy, peppery and spicy, boot polish, Old Jamaica chocolate, dried roses, raspberry, cherries, dried mint – so much going on! Medium bodied, deeply fruited, tannic, but in a very silky way (likely that will make sense should you taste it). Plush raspberry flavour, meat and spices, fresh acidity, distinct ‘mineral’ feel. Long and almost blackcurranty in the aftertaste, with a trail of fine silty tannin. A vin de garde; feels unevolved and painfully young at present. Challenging. I thought about it. And thought some more. Drank some. Then drank some more. And in the end? A conclusion and a score.”