Wines - 2012 Divine Grenache
2012 was a vintage that treated Grenache well in the Barossa Valley. A long, evening ripening period treated us to some prime fruit with good colours, ripe fruit and tannin and fine spicy characters which we have come to expect from great Grenache from the region. Medium cherry red in the glass with inviting aromas of red and dark cherry and plum fruits along with higher-toned fruit characters of cranberry and mulberry. There is a spicy edge to the fruit on the nose with hints of five spice, star anise, hoi sin and soy sauce, gingerbread, roast duck, red licorice, summer berry compote and light vanillin oak nuances.
Medium-body in the mouth with a lively flow of fruit. Red cherry, red and dark plums and a splash of bright, juicy cranberry become immediately apparent as the wine flows across the tongue. There are a bevy of spice characters on the mid-palate — cinnamon, five spice, star anise, garam marsala and a hint of pepper. Hints of ginger-cake, red licorice, jasmine, summer berries, tea and gentle oak join before the wine trails off into the distance leaving a plume of exotic spice and red-fruits in its wake. Very fine, sandy tannins and lacy acidity provide the backdrop for the fruit and we would expect the 2012 to improve with careful cellaring over the mid-term…. That's if you can keep your hands off it now.
The grapes were hand-picked on the 8th March at 14.2 Baume. De-stemmed into open fermenters where it spent 12 days fermenting on skins prior to being basket pressed. The wine was then transferred to 100% French oak (40% new) for 2 years. No fining or filtering was done prior to bottling.
Bottled 8th April 2014
Alc – 14 %
pH – 3.52
TA – 6.78g/l
750 bottles produced
Situated just south of Tanunda at an elevation of 220m and planted in the Early 1920’s on its own roots, these vines are dry grown in red brown earth over limestone to the east. Fractured shale & mudstone interspersed with quartz, ironstone and calcoreous clay to the west.
- Excellent - Steve Leszczynski - QWine Blog
I love the way these wines from Yelland and Papps are presented. You know how serious the wine is by the type of bottle it comes in. This bottle is a weapon with a punt deep enough for your hand to disappear.
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- Stuart Robinson - The Vinsomniac
Knowing of the 'Papps' fondness for a good Chateauneuf-du-Pape, it's easy to start to understand their pursuit of making some of the Barossa's stand-out examples of Grenache.
Oak, coffee-grounds, mocha - red fruit slowly provides glimpses, a little blue fruit in the mix too. Savoury notes, latterly a little soy.
Good fruit presence on the palate: Blue/black fruit mix, acid for freshness and fine structure. Give it a little more time and the fruit presence really makes itself known, gentle and unforced presence.
There's an excellent carry of flavour at the wine's conclusion, yet it's balanced, all without being overdone. It's been said before no doubt: Divine!
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- 97 - James Halliday - 2016 Wine Companion Best of the Best
From vines planted in the early 1920's wild yeast open-fermented, basket pressed, 24 months in French oak (25%) new Quintessential high-quality Grenache; medium bodied, it has a fragrant red fruit bouquet an electrifying intensity and energy to the palate. Surely this and Second Take put paid to the argument that Grenache has to have alcohol of 15+ % to succeed. This is so bloody delicious it very nearly brings tears to my eyes; do I have to spit this out?! To: 2032
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- 93/100 - Huon Hooke Bob Campbell MW - Gourmet Traveller WINE
This is a decadent, rustic wine: caramel, toasty aromas, a touch of toffee and some early development. The palate is rich, ripe and opulent with fruit sweetness, full throttle power and dimension. It concludes with ample savoury tannins.
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- 93 points - Huon Hooke - Huon Hooke