Yelland & Papps Barossa Valley

Wines - 2016 Second Take Roussanne

Second Take

The Wine

You’ve probably worked out that we have quite a thing for Roussanne and this is our funked-up take on the variety. It’s a variety that gained its reputation in the Northern Rhone Valley in France, but of course, we Australian’s can give them a run for their money and we source our grapes from Dave Materne’s vineyard in Greenock on the Western Ridge of the Barossa.

It’s a crazy little wine; wild yeast, fermented in barrel with 8 months in old seasoned French barrels, bottled without fining or filtration. The result is a wine that is slinky and savoury, super versatile at the dinner table and if we may say so, pretty hard to stop drinking.

Mid straw in hue with a light cloudy sheen, our 2016 Second Take Roussanne shows fruit aromas of crunchy nashi pear, white peach and green apple with just a touch of paw paw. There are hints of clotted cream, lemon curd, roasted cashew, garam marsala, almond paste and wafts of honeysuckle, white flowers and oatmeal.

There is a lovely weight and texture to the 2016; there’s richness yet there’s clarity, detail and a zesty line that drives the wine across the palate. Again, the fruit flavours are ripe stone fruits, pear, and apple along with hints of white flowers, grilled nuts, marzipan, creme fraiche, exotic spice and a gentle note of oak way in the background. It’s savoury and stoney dry on the finish, a wine that shape-shifts the longer it sits in the glass; complex yet downright delicious to drink with a lingering finish redolent of citrus, nectarine and spice.

The Winemaking

The Roussanne was crushed and basket pressed.
Wild fermented in 100% Old French Oak with Batonnage occurring fortnightly for nine & 1/2  months.  Barrel selected, stirred and transferred to tank for bottling and choosing to leave unfiltered to create more texture to the wine.

Bottled on 10th January 2017
2100 bottles produced
pH 3.38
TA 6.70
Alc 12.3%
Vegan Friendly

RRP $40
Winemaker Michael Papps