Thursday, 19 March 2015

Yelland & Papps Second Take Pinot Noir 2014

The Second Take label from Yelland & Papps is all about doing things a little more differently from the norm.

This Pinot Noir comes from the Adelaide Hills and is the first variety in the Yelland & Papps stable to come from a region other than the Barossa. A move which surprised me as Michael and Susan are pro Barossa but when given a chance to do something new, why not have a crack? 600 bottles were produced.

Upon opening, this struck me as more of a lighter bodied Shiraz than Pinot Noir. It's a gutsy type but throws out dark cherry, pomegranate and cranberry type aromas. It carries a swag of funk from the wild ferment and fifteen days on skins but is weighed down by a depth. Pinot has a sexy allure to it but this seems to have kept the dressing gown on over the top of the lingerie.

The third day it was open was when the more traditional traits we come to expect from Pinot were revealed. Bright cherry, some spice and red berries. Oak subtle, minimal if anything, but there was still a weight to the fruit.

It's a good wine but not one which I'd approach anytime soon. I'd be expecting this to be even better in a couple of years.

Region: Adelaide Hills
RRP: $40
Source: Sample

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