Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Yelland & Papps Divine Shiraz 2014
Divine by word, divine by nature. Kid gloves were used here to bring the best of small yields to the fore. As ever, Michael Papps' wines deliver a tapestry of intrigue. This is a wine oozing class for the Barossa pleasure seekers.
The Divine label is all about giving exceptional vineyards and fruit a voice to create a memorable wine - that box has certainly been ticked.
Sourced from a single vineyard on the outskirts of Greenock planted in the early 1960s, the fruit was handpicked, wild fermented and aged in oak for 27 months (18% new). Bottled with no fining or filtration and 1076 produced.
Medium bodied, behold the glory. Best decanted, expressive aromas of mocha, oyster sauce, soy, pan juices and barbecued meat, blueberries, mulberries and satsuma plums - take a breath already!
Dense to taste, five spice and baking spices spiral around the mouth with a core of juicy fruit. There's an unmistakable meatiness abound too, but I keep gravitating back to those spices which arrest my attention. Fine and sandy to finish, this is drinking well now but will reward the patient for over a decade.
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