Sunday, 27 October 2013

Payten & Jones Yarra Valley Sangiovese 2012

From the label to the contents, this is some seriously head spinning booze. What a difference a couple of days make!

Day one greeted me with aromas of axle grease, grime, burnt rubber - the skid mark type. Rustic and rough, just the way the winemakers Behn Payten and Troy Jones like it. The palate was a little abrasive and I must admit I was attracted to the wine's point of difference. At the same time too, I can see many people struggling to get past taking a whiff. Char grilled lamb would go perfectly.

Hello day two. Whoa! I had to do a double take to see if it was the same wine I was looking at. All the aforementioned characters from day one seemed to have miraculously disappeared. Soft and supple, cherries deluxe. Some rose and dried flower traits shone through. A drying finish, man this was something to savour. A ripper.

Track it down and have a look for yourself at how this wine develops before your own eyes.

It would be interesting to see how this develops in the bottle over the next five years, if you can withhold the urge to get into it.

Who: Payten & Jones
What: Sangiovese (13% alc)
Where: Yarra Valley
When: 2012
How: $27