Yelland & Papps Barossa Valley

Wines - 2016 Second Take Vermentino

Second Take

The Wine

The latest release of our wild-eyed Vermentino hails from the Mader vineyard in Light Pass and sees a whopping 279 days on skins giving it a wonderfully complex and nuanced aromatic profile and palate shape that has won a lot of fans over the years.
Vermentino is a grape variety that hails from the sun-drenched islands of Corsica & Sardinia. There it is lean, saline and thirst quenching; lively and energetic in the mouth. We like to give it an Australian context, throw in some inspiration from the skin-contact, amber wines of Friuli and Georgia, and the result, I’m sure you will agree, is an enchanting and delicious wine that is both food friendly and slurpable by itself in good measure.
There’s a light cloudy sheen to the pale straw hue, un-fined and unfiltered, you’ll first notice aromas of nectarine, lemon pith, guava and white peach enveloped with hints of white flowers. Notes of frangipani and jasmine abound along with dried tangerine peel, sour-like spice, marzipan and roasting chestnuts.
Textural and lively in the mouth it cuts a savoury line across the palate. Again, there are abundant stone, citrus and tropical fruit notes, dotted with exotic spice and lifted by jasmine floral notes. There are hints of clotted cream, crushed stone, roasting nuts, lemon curd and almond paste along with notes of sea spray and oyster shell. There are sweet tannins gently tugging at the roof of the mouth and the wine finishes bone-dry, long and laden with a savoury minerality. It’s a multi-layered wine that just sings with charcuterie or grilled seafood.

The Winemaking

Made on a very small scale of 800kg of fruit crushed straight into tank.
Wild fermented and hand plunged twice daily to avoid oxidation.
After fermentation we added SO2, sealed the lid and left for 279 days, then racked and hand pressed to tank. We then allowed this to settle and bottled unfiltered.

Bottled 10th January 2017
800 bottles produced
pH – 3.35
TA – 6.60
Alc – 11.0%
Vegan Friendly

RRP - $40
Winemaker : Michael Papps