Yelland & Papps Barossa Valley

Our Wines - 2014 Devote Old Vine Grenache

Gone But Not Forgotten

The Wine

We feel incredibly privileged to have access to the amazing old vines we have here in the Barossa. South Australia was spared from the ravages of the nasty Phylloxera bug which decimated the vineyards of Europe in the 1800s. These beautiful old vines require a bit more love and attention and give up less fruit than their younger siblings, but the fruit they do provide us is a joy to work with and I’m sure you’ll agree, wonderful to drink. There is just something about Grenache; its spice and perfume, its weight and flow on the palate, it just seems perfect for the Australian climate. Don’t be afraid to chuck it in the fridge for half an hour either should the situation dictate; we tend to drink our red wines too warm.

Light cherry red in the glass, the 2014 Devote Old Vine Grenache is all about perfume and restraint. Fruit aromas of red plum and red cherry intermingle with redcurrant, a splash of raspberry and some crunchy cranberry high notes. Hints of Asian spice, gingerbread, red licorice, Peking Duck, jasmine blossom and subtle oak hints with lighter notes of garam marsala, green tea and bay leaf.

It flows medium-bodied across the palate, plenty of red-fruits on display — red cherry and plum, redcurrant, raspberry coulis and cranberry lead the way. Hints of red licorice, hoi sin, ginger-cake, roasting meats, earth, purple flowers, gentle oak and green tea complete the picture as the wine slides across the tongue. Plenty of space here and a sense of being light on its feet with a curtain of fine, ripe tannin gently tugging at the palate and energetic acidity giving the wine vitality as it finishes with persistence and a wash of red fruits and spice.

 

The Winemaking

Fermented on skins in an open fermenter for 19 days and then gently basket pressed, this small parcel of wine was then transferred to 30% new and 70% old French Hogs heads for 20 months of maturing.

Once matured the wine was bottled unfiltered and spent 3 months in bottle in our warehouse prior to release.

pH – 3.38

TA – 6.99 g/L

Alc – 13.9 %

800 bottles produced

Vegan Friendly

Bottled 4th of December 2015

Winemaker : Michael Papps