Wines - 2010 Devote Greenock Shiraz
- 93 points - Roderick Brown - Red To Brown
Yelland and Papps Devote Greenock Shiraz 2010
The 2010 Yelland and Papps Devote Greenock Shiraz was made using grapes from a single site in the northern Greenock sub-region of the Barossa Valley. Inky purple in colour and with a fruitcake spice and black fruit nose, the wine has impressive, silky blackberry, spicy dark plumb fruit flavours flowing through from the front to back palate, some milk chocolate and chinotto flavours on the finish and pliant, ripe tannins.
The fruit flavours are powerful and sweet, though balanced with the sensitive (and relatively understated) use of new and old American and French oak. This is not a subtle wine, more seductive and overt than demure and suggestive. However, the result is not confected or overwhelming, just enjoyable and moreish.
After three days on the tasting bench, the wine didn’t budge much, other than for the tannins to assert themselves some more and the sultry fruit cake spice.
This is another example of Yelland and Papp’s enjoyable, fruity and flavoursome Devote range, and from a very good vintage – it has enough restraint, expensive oak treatment and structure to suggest it will age nicely in the cellar, yet will please a majority of wine drinkers right now – a ‘win-win’ approach.
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- Julian Coldrey - Full Pour
Yelland & Papps Devote Greenock Shiraz 2010
25 Jun 2012
One of the things I've always enjoyed about Yelland & Papps wines is their lack of pretention; these are wines made for drinking, at all levels of the range. On the downside, they have sometimes shown a lack of intensity and impact that, for me, has held them back from being fully satisfying.
This wine, and the accompanying Grenache, seem just a bit more structured and flavoursome than some of their predecessors; for me, they are are some of the best wines I've tasted from this producer.
All the benefits of a luscious, easy drinking Barossa red wine are here. The aroma is expressive and dark, showing a mix of plum and fruit cake plus a dash of enthusiastic oak. It's not yet entirely integrated, nor would I expect it to be, but the flavours are classic and coherent. I like that the fruit appears to be ripe but not overly so; in fact, it seems particularly well judged in this regard. It's not going to convert anyone to the style but will be very pleasing to fans of this region's Shiraz.
The palate shows fresh acid and a thickness of flavour appropriate to the style. As with the nose, the flavours are ripe and full without tipping over into porty, overripe territory. The middle palate is especially attractive, its abundant fruit flowing easily over the tongue, given just enough shape by the wine's structure. The after palate shows some young oak that should calm with time. You could probably age this for a while, but I can't see why one would bother beyond a couple of years. It tastes so good now.
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- 94 points - James Halliday - 2013 James Halliday Wine Companion
- Silver - 2012 Barossa Wine Show
- Bronze - panel - 2012 Australian Small WInemakers Show
- 93/100 - Nick Stock - Good Wine Guide 2013
Ah, that hearty, rich and heady Greenock shiraz fruit is something that you can lose yourself in. This wine is really ripe and impressive from the outset. There's a wealth of blackberry and blueberry, sweet vanillin-scented oak, some dark spice and mocha. Tannins are supple and flow playful and smooth, gripping gently through the finish.