Wines - 2012 Second Take Shiraz
A deep, impenetrable red/purple in the glass the 2012 Yelland & Papps Second Take Whole Bunch Shiraz draws the drinker into the glass with rich, opulent aromas of black plum, blackberry, cherry and cassis. There is a wash of deep Asian spice, hints of black strap licorice, dark chocolate, kirsch, macerated berries and deftly judged oak. Amongst the deep, earthy Barossan aromas there are higher-toned aromas of red-fruits lifting the wines profile beautifully.
In the mouth the wine offers a conundrum; at once it is richly fruited and concentrated but the use of whole bunches allows the wine to dance across the palate with increased clarity, light on its feet with a sense of space to its textured presence in the mouth. Again the predominant fruit flavours are blackberry, plum and black cherry with a fragrant blast of mulberry. There are hints of crème de cassis, kirsch, chocolate, black licorice, exotic spice, Barossa earth, gentle oak and purple flowers. Supple and velvety with ‘melt-in-the-mouth’ tannins, a vibrant acid line and a finish that struts along with purpose with lingering flavours of bright black-fruits, spice and mocha.
Have thrown the traditional Australian wine making book out the winery door to practice more old world techniques. New world wine in an old world way….
Crushed on 29/02/2012, 15 % whole bunch, 16 days on skins, in barrel on 19/03/2013 for ten months, out of barrel on 14/01/2013.
45% French Oak – 18% new 55% American Oak – 4% new,
In bottle on 16/01/2013
1506 bottles made
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 1.8 tonnes per acre,
the vineyard was harvested on 28th Feb when optimum flavours and balance were achieved in the grape.
- 93 points - Philip White - In Daily / Drinkster
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
$40; 13.5% alcohol; screw cap; 93 points
Wine reviews: Philip White
INK for pens. That’s what Doddridge would mutter over his tanks of Mountadam Shiraz
in the ’80s. This ink for pens is the sort of wine that wine writers commonly see in the
best wineries, before said tinctures have been strangulated, bleached and sanitised for
release. The thespian arrogance of the critic is so thick in this instance that they
maintain the presumption nobody else is sufficiently advanced in the organoleptic
division to appreciate or understand wines like this, undressed for bed. If, indeed, it had
ever been applied, the make-up is all wiped away here; the stilettos and fishnets are
kicked well off, and the ink reserved for the sort of purple prose a lass of this
provenance triggers among her many admirers: all those breathless wannabes and
wouldbecouldbe scribblers. Nope, the winehack’s lumpen readership can appreciate
only the artificed version; the imagined, the purged, the defiled by sophists. So
something as honest and true as this is made safe and misty as if by Hugh Hefner or
somebody who owns a big lady’s underpants and teddys chain for women who want to
look like whores. They write with runny, watery ink, them Hefners. This real ink, on the
other hand, is prickly with sun on the stubble and deep with blackcurrant and beetroot
and bullwhip dressing. I like the idea of spending a lot less money and effort by
avoiding the usual “finishing” industrial manufacture, then charging an extra fiver for
making available the privilege of drinking her raw and unwritten. Get some mates and
lovers round for dinner. Dob in and buy one each of these. Then bring three
conventional favourites, pour ’em blind, and argue all night.
- 93 - Very Good - Stuart Robinson - The Vinsomniac
- Steve Leszczynski - Q Wine
- Michael Ellis - The Wine Punter
- Bronze - panel - 2013 Barossa Wine Show
- 95 - James Halliday - James Halliday Wine Companion 2014
- 93 points - Mike Bennie - WBM Trade