Wines - 2015 YP Vermentino
Perfect summer drinking here; the 2015 Yelland & Papps Vermentino is bound to hit the spot as the weather warms up and you come out of hibernation and go searching for your thongs. It’s a variety, originally hailing from the islands of Corsica and Sardinia, that seems to have found a happy place here in the Barossa. It’s got a number of synonyms; in Corsica it’s known as Vermentinu & it goes by the name of Furmentin in Piemonte, but the one we like the most is Favorita. We’re sure the wine will become your favorita too!
Pale green straw in the glass with lifted, perfumed aromas of bright citrus fruits bursting from the glass. Grapefruit, crunchy Granny Smith apples and pithy Meyer lemon aromas with lighter notes of tropical fruits, melon and guava. There’s hints of frangipani and citrus blossom too with notes of ginger, creme fraiche and briny, sea-spray aromas. Fresh as a daisy with an energetic skip to its step, the aromas transpose nicely on to the palate, which has a slinky, textural element, bright acid drive and a savoury flick to its tail. Pithy, perfumed, pure of fruit and dangerously easy to drink, shuck yourself some oysters, perhaps grill some seafood and put on some tunes and you will be in your happy place.
The parcels of fruit were handpicked in mid February coming in at 10.6, 11.8 and 13.2 baume.
The grapes were whole berry basket pressed, cold fermented for 15 days to maintain maximum fruit freshness with 13% fermented in 100% French oak (3% new) to give an extra layer of complexity before resting on yeast lees for 3 months. This wine has had minimal intervention to retain all purity, then blended and gently filtered prior to bottling.
Bottled – 15th June 2015
5923 Bottles produced
pH – 3.27
TA – 7.15
Alc – 12.1%
RRP - $25
Winemaker : Michael Papps
Coming from 3 Vineyards throughout the Barossa Valley, including the first plantings of Vermentino in the Barossa at Light Pass in 2006 by the Mader Family, Andy Kalleskes vineyard at Vine Vale and Wayne Farquhars Western Barossa vineyard. Cropping between 2 and 3 tonnes per acre the vineyards were picked mid February when optimum flavours and balance were achieved.
- 92 - Stuart Robinson - The Vinsomniac
The Y&P team seem to have struck a winning formula here. It's interesting to note the stylist differences in subsequent releases (notes).
This 2015 guise shows expressive aromatics: citrus touch of Granny Smith segueing to tropical fruit - a hint of guava. But as with many Vermentino, there's also a briny, sea-spray on the wind element, tickling the nasal passages and have you yearning for some seafood.
It's a fresh little thing, texture to boot, balancing acids and so bloody moreish. Barely survived the tasting table. 92
Tasted on: Wednesday 9th December: Flower to Leaf day
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- Love your work guys! - Tony Peters - Words From a Wine Glass
You know how sometimes on a warm day there’s a bit of dark storm cloud about and rain is threatening? Eventually, when it does rain, it freshens everything up, you are comfortable again and feel a sense of relief.
Okay, so it wasn’t a warm day and there was no rain to freshen everything up, but after a day of tasting a few wines, Yelland and Papps Vermentino sure did freshen things up!! Generally I head for a beer or a Riesling but this made for a great palate cleanser. The glasses came out and before I knew it, everybody wanted more (but 750mls can only go so far).
It was our ‘first up’ wine for the night and actually played the aperitif role particularly well even though that was not the plan for it. There was plenty of aromas, flavours and interest in this rather under-rated member of the Yelland and Papps family of wines.
There was a very nice texture to it too that (surprisingly) paired nicely with a pork/veal/pistachio nut terrine (and a couple of cheeses too).
A (good) word of warning; this is an extremely more-ish wine. Love your work guys!
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- 93 points - James Halliday - Wine Companion