Wines - 2013 Devote Shiraz Roussanne
Gone But Not Forgotten
The blending of two varieties, white and red, can be a beautiful thing and we certainly think that is the case with the 2013 Yelland & Papps Devote Shiraz Roussanne. The perfume and vibrancy of the Roussanne seems to add to the complexity and give the Shiraz a lift both aromatically and on the palate. Both vineyards are located in the Western Barossa, the Roussanne planted in the mid-2000s and the Shiraz in the late-1990s and we wild fermented a parcel in open fermenters for 12 days on skins before basket pressing and sending to old French oak barrels for 21 months. Deep purple/red in the glass with a striking, vibrant aromatic profile. Fruit aromas of dark plum, black cherry, kirsch and creme de cassis. Hints of exotic spice, frangipani, almond paste, dried citrus rind, porcini, berry compote and light, spiced oak complete the aromatic picture.
Medium-bodied on the palate with supple, concentrated fruit characters of ripe, juicy plum, black cherry, blackberry and cassis with a flash of raspberry. Hints of baking and Asian spices, purple flowers, dried mandarin, dark chocolate, ironstone, marzipan, mushroom broth, frangipani and gentle spicy, vanillin oak. The tannins show themselves chalky and robust but melt away on the finish which lingers nicely with flavours of spiced berry fruits. Ample structure here to support an extended sleep in the cellar but to be honest, it’s pretty bloomin delicious now.
Fermented in an open fermenter for 13 days using natural yeasts, this wine was co-fermented with 90% Shiraz and 10% Roussanne. Matured in 100% old French Oak for 22 months and a small addition of 3% more Roussanne just prior to bottling unfiltered.
pH – 3.47
TA – 7.02g/L
Alc – 13.0 %
800 bottles produced
RRP - $35
Winemaker : Michael Papps
Roussanne planted in the mid 2000s and Shiraz planted in the late 1990s on the western ridge of the Barossa Valley. Planted in a higher than normal density per acre these grapes were hand picked on 14th February together by grower Wayne Farquhar. Using a combination of rootstocks and clones to suit the different soil types amongst the vineyard.
- 91 - Stuart Robinson - The Vinsomniac
"Blackfruit by way of blackcurrent, mulberry and a little plummy depth - gives way to a little green leaf and orchard fruit. Suggestion of olive skin, citrus peel - and with time that citrus is more prominent. It's certainly not wanting in the character department.
Medium-veering-to-full, with an airy lightness - a tread around the place lightly, an elegance. Citrus acidity provides length, flow and aids shape - good palate flow.
Length is good, smooth and flowing across the back palatte. Good carry. Would go 5 in the cellar i'd suggest. 91"
- 93 points - James Halliday - 2016 Wine Companion
- 90 points - Huon Hooke - Huon Hooke