Our Wines - 2016 Second Take Shiraz
Everybody knows Barossa Shiraz right? With our Second Take Shiraz, we like to shine a different light on what you’d usually expect from wines from Australia’s most famous wine region. It doesn’t have to be a massive or monolithic red wine. It can be elegant, spicy and seductive with plenty of crunch, food matching versatility and drinkability without sacrificing any of its wonderful regional and varietal characters.
As always, we give it the full loved-up treatment in the winery. Wild yeast, 65% whole bunches in the ferment and 11 days on skins before heading to barrel in 100% French Oak (29% new) for nine months before being bottled without fining or filtration. The wild yeast adds texture, the whole bunches light and space and no fining and filtration makes sure nothing is stripped out of the final wine.
Dark cherry-red in colour with vibrant fruit aromas of dark plum, macerated summer berry fruits along with higher tones of raspberry and redcurrant. Here are hints of deep exotic spice, Barossa earth, roasting meats, licorice, violets and gentle nutty French Oak nuances.
Medium-bodied on the palate with a lovely bright line across the palate and a sense of space to the mouthfeel. Once more the fruit flavours are of dark and black-fruits; dark plum, blackberry, mulberry with some blueberry and raspberry notes adding lift to the wine on the palate. Plenty of spicy notes, meaty nuances, floral lift and earthy tones mesh together on the palate. The finish lingers persistently and is pure and juicy with the fruit coming to the fore, gentle sandy tannins providing support and a bright line of acidity providing the drive. Elegant, delicious drinking from the excellent 2016 vintage.
All wild fermented an average of 11 days on skins.
This was then basket pressed to French Oak Puncheons and Hogs Heads for nine months. 29% put into new oak. we then split this into three different ferments from the same vineyard, 100% whole bunch in oak, 50% whole bunch and 100% destemmed working out to be an average 65% whole bunch. Bottled unfiltered.
Bottled on 10th of January 2017
2900 bottles produced
pH – 3.56
TA – 6.50
Alc – 13.7%
RRP - $40
Winemaker : Michael Papps
Beautiful western side of Marananga in the foothills of Greenock running east west
Picked on 27 March 2016
- 94/100 - Steve Leszcynski - Qwine
Michael Papps was pretty happy with the way this came together when we had a chat about his new release Second Take wines. Give it a chance to breathe and you'll see what he means.
Unfiltered and unfined, there's 65% whole bunch Shiraz here which saw 11 days on skins and nine months in French oak (29% new). 2900 produced.
Lean forward and embrace the funk. Red berries, pan juices, purple flower aromas. Dark berry fruit assume control in the mouth. And then Mulberry compote comes to mind - similar to the one my grandmother used to make. Coupled with blueberries, the mouth is filled with great width. Spices chime in late providing a more than satisfying finish. There's plenty of meat on the bones here yet enough elegance to bring sexy back. Well played Mr Papps.
Drink now to eight years.
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- Tony Peters - Words from a Wine Glass
I was reading the famous “I have a Dream” speech of Martin Luther King Jr recently and I must say, if you get a chance, read it (I have also seen excerpts of this in documentaries over the years). It shows the determination of a person who is part of a minority, with the support of many, putting his thoughts, dreams and ambitions out there for the world to see and hear. The speech starts on a high and gradually builds to a spine tingling ending.
Cue, this shiraz and it’s makers.
This wine started on a high for me and just kept getting better. All red berries and a little charryness on the nose to start off with, greeny/stemmy characters next up but nicely complimented by the blue fruits that chimed in, BUT, the longer it sat in the glass, a lush array of darker fruits appeared that were lovely, soft and mouthfilling and seemed to go on and on like the last bit of that speech I mentioned earlier where the crowd of over 200,000 cheered so loudly and applauded for what seemed like forever. It definitely hit the peak of a crescendo right then and there.
The Yelland & Papps husband and wife team are in the minority in the world of the Barossa Valley. They have the support of many avid followers and are putting their thoughts, dreams and ambitions into the wines they make for the world to smell, taste and enjoy. Get behind them!
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