Yelland & Papps Barossa Valley

Wines - 2017 BB Pinot Blanc

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The Wine

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 Winemaking

 

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
Vegan Friendly
RRP - $25
Winemaker : Michael Papps