Yelland & Papps Barossa Valley

Wines - 2016 BB Cabernet Sauvignon (last vintage)


The Wine


“God made Cabernet Sauvignon, whereas the Devil
made Pinot Noir”… so said André Tchelistcheff, the
legendary figure of American winemaking. Old André
also said “ Appreciating old wine is like making love to
a very old lady. It is possible. It can even be enjoyable.
But it requires a bit of imagination”…. we like the cut of
his jib.
Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon is all about voluptuous
black fruits, texture and bang for your buck while
remaining true to the integrity of its variety. It tends to
over deliver in both fruit intensity and enjoyment and
that is just the way we like it.
The nose here is redolent of blackberry and
blackcurrants along with macerated cherries, plum and
creme de cassis. The ripe, opulent fruit is underscored
by hints of deep baking spice, black licorice, earth, fruitcake,
violets, dark chocolate and wafts of subdued
French oak.
Medium-bodied in the mouth, the 2016 vintage in the
Barossa bestowed on us a lovely, elegant fruit weight
and fine, ripe sandy tannins that gently tug at the
palate providing support and structure. Again, it’s all
about black fruits - blackberry, plum and cherry with
some lighter mulberry high-tones further in the
background. With plenty of spice, a suggestion of
tobacco and purple flowers and the gentlest seasoning
of French oak, it is a wine that provides oodles of
drinking enjoyment with a savoury edge that will
provide a winner in the food/wine marching stakes.
Something meaty and robust would be just perfect.

The Winemaking


Cabernet Sauvignon was hand picked and
destemmed on 30th of March, and pressed
off on the 14th of April 2016
100% seasoned French Oak for 18 months,
then bottled unfined and unfiltered.
This wine is made in a vibrant style
expressing everything that is great about
Cabernet Sauvignon, varietalness and
herbaciousness at its best.
Bottled – 26th of September 2017
2081 Bottles produced
pH – 3.57
TA – 6.47
Alc – 13.2%
Vegan Friendly
Organic Principles
RRP - $28
Winemaker : Michael Papps