Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Yelland & Papps Devote Old Vine Grenache 2011

Despite many writing off 2011, I like to see the positives of what such a vintage has delivered. Sure we are used to the bigger gutsy type reds from the Barossa and alike, but what this vintage has done in my eyes has shown us a softer, feminine quality in some of the wines. And this is one of them.

I had the pleasure of tasting this along with the 2010. Interestingly enough, amongst a group of four, two preferred the 2010 and the other two the 2011. Even more intriguing was that the two females preferred this softer more elegant type to the bigger and denser wine the two males preferred in the 2010.

Black pepper, earthy black fruits, spice and oak char are the highlights. Some rum and raisin chocolate features swing in to play too. Quite linear and not too bold, the flavours are elegant though they do have a presence. Good oak integration with a good length to finish.

Certainly not a confected Grenache and one a newby to the variety will enjoy.

Who: Yelland & Papps
What: Grenache (14% alc)
Where: Barossa
When: 2011
How: $35