Wines - 2012 Devote Roussanne
Pale straw in the glass the 2012 Yelland & Papps Devote Roussanne shows great clarity and detail to its aromas with fruit characters of white peach, nectarine, green papaya and lime with a blast of pithy apple for good measure. It’s a wine that reminds the drinker of summer as we head into the cooler months - hints of white flowers, dried honey, light tropical nuance, almond, nougat, clotted cream, citrus pith and a light wash of cashew and pear skin.
Energetic, vibrant and nuanced on the palate the wine shows bright fruit characters of vivid stone-fruits - white peach and pear vie for the drinkers attention along with juicy lime, nashi pear and light tropical flavours. There are hints of nougat, almond paste, clotted cream, lemon curd, lightly grilled nuts, dried honey with deftly judged cashewy oak. It’s a wine that glides across the palate admirably propelled by a seam of stony acidity, the finish fanning out showing an array of citrus and stone-fruits underscored by creamy, leesy influence, light nutty oak, fine balance and a mouth-watering exit and lightly spiced flourish.
Picked and crushed on 9th of March, the fruit was basket pressed to avoid any harsh phenolics prior to settling and racking to barrel on 13th of March. The wine was then fermented in barrel for up to 3 weeks until sugar dry and then was lees stirred to create texture and mouth feel twice a month for 6 months. After maturing in 100% French oak (22% new) for a total of 9 months, the wine was then racked from barrel on 3rd of December to be stabilized and filtered prior to bottling.
Bottled - 16/01/13
pH – 3.23
Released – Feb 2013
1525 bottles produced
The vineyard is located on the north eastern side of Greenock, was planted in 2002 and is now tendered to by fourth generation grape growers the Materne family. Cropped at 3 tonnes per acre.
- 91 - Jeremy Pringle - Wine Will Eat Itself
- 4 1/2 glasses - Tony Love - Taste - The Advertiser
For a variety that can take its place in the heavier, white weight divisions, this is trimmer, more toned and beautifully svelte. The combination of barrel fermented, solids stirred, clever winemaking between oak and tank maturation, all deliver an attractive subtlety.
Think apple skins, white nectarine, lime flavours with juicy goodness and fulfilling finishing touches.
Value - Elite wine Food - Moroccan chicken
- Steve Leszczynski - Q Wine
- 93 - Very Good - Stu Robinson - The Vinsomniac
- 3 1/2 - Michael Ellis - The Wine Punter
- 91+ points - Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
- 91 & 90+ points - Andrew and Rod - Red To Brown
- 90 - James Halliday - James Halliday Wine Companion 2014
- GOLD Best Dry White Wine, other varieties or blends - panel - 2013 Barossa Wine Show