I sip on this and hum along to the Incubus song 'Are you in?'. And if you're not on the Yelland & Papps train yet, perhaps you just need to be. Of the 2017 Second Take red releases, the Grenache was stunning, the Mataro incredibly expressive, but this Shiraz has scooped the pool. An absolute belter!
Veneers of interest and personality continually peel back to reveal the next. There's more whole bunch than the previous release too - 73% this time in fact. Fourteen days on skins, wild yeast fermentation with no fining or filtration the standard procedure for these Second Take wines.
Wild and bunchy without surprise, it's elegantly smooth. Lace and knickers - sexy appeal kind of stuff. Mulberry and blue fruit moves to star anise, soy and pan juices. Another whiff and violet aromas make a play as do sauteed mushrooms. It feels a bit skinsy but tastes oh so good. An absolute delight and I wine which deserved every drop to be savoured.
Drink now to six years.