Wines - 2011 Devote Greenock Shiraz
Dark red/purple in hue, the 2011 Yelland & Papps Devote Greenock Shiraz bursts from the glass with fragrant, vibrant aromas of dark cherry, red plum, blackberry and blackcurrant with higher tones of raspberry coulis and macerated strawberries. There are hints of Asian spice, beef stock, licorice, crème de cassis, kirsch, ironstone and Barossa earth along with lighter notes of subtle oak and espresso grounds.
Medium-bodied in the mouth with an energetic spring in its step, the wine shows primary fruit characters of black cherry, blackberry, blackcurrant and plums with perfumed notes of mulberry and macerated raspberries/strawberries adding complexity. Hints of exotic Asian spice, roasting meats, earth, “Old Jamaican” chocolate, crème de cassis, subtle, spicy oak, iron fillings and licorice all make an appearance on the mid-palate. Textured with fine, ripe chalky tannins and a seam of minerally acidity, the wine displays a lingering, balanced finish awash with macerated black-fruits and spice.
Fermented on skins in an open fermenter for 8 days and then gently basket pressed, this small parcel of wine was then transferred to new (25%) and old (75%) American (58%) and French (42%) hogs heads for 20 months of maturing.
Once matured the wine was bottled unfiltered and then spent 4 months maturing in bottle in our warehouse prior to release.
Bottled – 17th January 2013
Alc – 13.75
pH – 3.54
TA – 6.18
The grapes were grown on the out skirts of Greenock, home of some of the most extraordinary grapes. Vines were planted in the mid 1980’s in sandy loam topsoil over light clay.
Cropped at 2.2 tonnes per acre,
the vineyard was harvested on April 7th when optimum flavours and balance were achieved in the grape.
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