Wines - 2017 BB Pinot Blanc (last vintage) - on special
Pinot Noir is a grape that has a proclivity to
mutate over time; it’s a genetically unstable little
beast, but that’s cool, it has given us the lovely
Pinot Blanc as a gift. It tends to hang out in
Europe, Alsace, Germany, France, Luxembourg,
Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia
where it answers to many names -
Weißburgunder, Klevner, Fehér Burgundi, Pinot
Bianco, Rulandské Bilé, Beli Burgundac. For the
sake of simplicity, we just call it bloody delicious.
We love it because it presents itself as a mediumbodied
white wine with aromas and flavours
redolent of crispy fresh fruits, a purity to its form
and a delightfully crisp, sapid line on the palate.
It’s just great drinking, equally at home slaking
ones thirst at the beach while smashing back some
oysters or proving a versatile match for all manner
of dishes at the dining table. It is packed with the
aromas of crunchy green apples, nashi pear and
grapefruit with just a waft of custard apple
rounding it out. Hints of almond blossom,
marzipan clotted cream and soft spice with notes
of elderflower, pine nuts and green tea noticeable
further in the background.
There’s a silky flow of pure fruit onto the palate
again showing juicy green apple, pear, citrus fruits
and perhaps a touch of melon. The wine shows a
pleasing texture, medium-bodied I think we’d call
it, with hints of lemon curd, almond paste, white
flowers, spice, crushed stone and scattered herbs.
Crisp, mineral-like acidity focusses the wine nicely
on the finish which is dry, precise and long.
The Pinot Blanc was picked on the 6th
of March 2017. Destemmed and crushed, the
fruit was pressed using the basket press to
avoid any harsh phenolic and bitterness. Cold
settled and racked clean to tank and 30% old
french oak for a natural ferment using wild
yeast. To develop some more texture the wine
was left on its yeast lees for five months prior
to racking, stabilising and filtering to bottle
Bottled – 26th of September 2017
3236 Bottles produced
pH – 3.29
TA – 5.45
Alc – 13.3
RRP - $28
Winemaker : Michael Papps
Vineyard owners Greg and Lenore Barritt are
very passionate about Pinot Blanc and some of
the nicest growers going around.
The Pinot Blanc vineyard was planted in 2010
at Rowland Flat at 350-400m above sea
level with a west facing aspect and running
north-south. The soil in this vineyard is a
mixture of loam and brown earth, the view
from this vineyard is amazing.
- Dan Traucki -
Only around16 wineries grow this variety here although it is revered in Alto Adige- Italy as well as in Alsace and Burgundy in France. If this wine is anything to go by, there will be more grown in Australia soon. Divine classic aromas, quite complex. It has a refreshing, zippy, tasty palate with a gentle palate-cleansing finish that lingers nicely. BRILLIANT FOR SEAFOOD
- 92/100 - Steve Leszczynski - QWine
Sun's Out, Pinot Blanc out!
Refreshing drinking for your summer pleasure. Chill hard and drop in a straw.
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- Dan Traucki - WBM
Yelland & Papps 2017 Barossa Pinot Blanc has already blossomed. It has a hint of oakiness on the bouquet, along with what one judge described as “fresh, clean sheets” aromas. This superb wine is smooth, rich, unctuous – a divine aperitif.
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