Monday, 1 July 2013

Yelland & Papps Divine Shiraz 2010

Don't look at Yelland & Papps as "another Barossa producer". They are far from it. Not to be tarnished with the same brush which has regrettably added some negativity to this region, Susan Yelland and Michael Papps have deliberately moved to producing a style that in Susan's words, "isn't typical Barossa."

Looking at this Shiraz and wines from their other new releases, it is easy to say they have shaken the tree and achieved this objective. Cue the Divine Shiraz...

Only 750 bottles were produced and it is, well, bloody delicious. It's not stewed. It's not overripe. It's what they planned to achieve, that is, not a typical Barossa.

Strong aromas of cedar and some burnt toast characters. There is a little fruit sweetness with deep plummy, blackberry fruit and chocolate richness. The palate texture is not unlike sticking a square of chocolate in your mouth and letting it dissolve away. A hint of violet along with some earthy and roast meat jus characters add to the flavour profile. Excellent length to finish.

Soft, sexy and smooth. Ready to drink now or will keep for another ten years.

Who: Yelland & Papps
What: Shiraz (14.5% alc)
Where: Barossa
When: 2010
How: $75