Wines - 2014 YP Vin De Soif
A thirst quenching wine; wine that slakes ones thirst and provides a deliciously versatile addition to the dining table. That is what the Yelland & Papps Vin de Soif is all about. In Europe, wine is often an extra implement at the dining table… an extra knife and fork, such is its seamless integration into the ritual of eating, and while we in Australia are still a young nation, we’d like to think that our Vin de Soif fits that bill nicely, the perfect food matching red. The 2014 is a blend of 74% Grenache, 17% Mataro and 9% Carignan and we’re sure you’ll love it. Don’t be afraid to throw it in the fridge and chill it down a little if the weather dictates and you feel like something a little cooler… it’s light on the tannin and chills down a treat.
Light cherry/red in the glass with inviting fruit aromas of juicy plums and red cherries with some high-toned mulberry and crunchy cranberry notes also coming into the mix. There are hints of Asian spice, mocha, red licorice, jasmine, gingerbread, raspberry coulis, freshly turned earth and a waft of apple turnover.
In the mouth the Vin de Soif sits at the light end of the spectrum… more Pinot-like in its structure. Again, fruit flavours of juicy plum, bright red cherry and crunchy cranberry dominate the palate with the floral notes of mulberry peeking through. Hints of red apple, exotic spice, licorice, macerated summer berries, ginger cake, frangipani and gentle notes of earth and leather. There’s a sense of spaciousness to this wine, it’s light on its feet; plenty of detail and clarity to its form; gentle on the tannin, bright in acidity showing a restrained, elegant and downright delicious line across the palate.
These three varieties were hand picked between 27th March and 15th April. All parcels were fermented in open fermenters (average of 14% whole bunches) for between 9 and 32 days and gently basket pressed. These small parcels of wine were then transferred to 100% old French and American barrels for 18 months maturation. This wine has had minimal intervention to maintain purity, unfined and unfiltered prior to bottling.
Bottled – 4th November 2015
pH – 3.42
TA – 7.23
Alc – 13.9%
Winemaker : Michael Papps
Grenache coming from 30 – 120 year old vineyards from 4 different sub regions of the Barossa; Mataro and Carignan from 40 year old blocks at Light Pass and Kalimna
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A blend of Grenache/ Mataro/ Carignan (75/17/9% respectively). For the first time the blend eschews Barossa stalwart Shiraz. Fermented in old French and American 18 months, the usual wild ferment, unfined and unfiltered.
Grenache leads with its pronounced red berry aromatics. Some herbal seasoning, a little cracked pepper - but really it's the sensuous red fruit that reels you in.
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