Monday, 20 April 2015
Yelland & Papps Second Take Grenache 2014
Hands off, gloves off, this is all about expression without intervention. Whole bunches (48%), wild yeast fermentation, twenty-six days on skins, French oak (34% new) for seven months, unfined nor filtered.
The funk and edginess of the wine is apparent from the first whiff. Dried flowers, red frogs, some raspberry, stewed/reduced/compote like strawberries. Even strawberry ice cream topping. Delivery is rustic but within that there is a gracefulness. It's soft and caresses the mouth. Oak compliments the fruit which sits predominantly on the mid palate. Some sour cherry swoops in. Dusty type tannins sit on a length which just doesn't want to budge. And I liked that.
In all, this is great and I'd be happy to go back glass after glass. And maybe I did.
Cellar for the medium term.