Of the Yelland & Papps 'Divine' releases (there's also a Grenache and a Mataro) this is clearly the 'Jock' of the bunch. Primus inter pares perhaps, but it's the 'biggest' of the bunch, the most straightforward, the leader of the pack - if not the most complex. The wine clearly states its case as a top-tier wine.
On opening it's like someone has taken some oak staves - some new, some old; some French, some American - and sprinkled liberally with dark brown muscovado sugar, a touch of vanilla and Jamaica spice. In fact it somewhat reminded me of Jamaica Ginger cake I used to eat as a wee one.
Given time this somewhat dissipates, allowing the fruit to shine through. Yet still there's chocolate covered raisins, christmas cake spice and hints of plum. In the mouth, entry shows a rich, concentrated, unctuous wine with blackcurrant and blackberry, spice and black pepper. This aspect of the wine doesn't fade with time - it's somewhat like peering into the abyss with this deep mass of black fruit and liquorice. It's a black hole you don't return from. A lavish Shiraz with length, depth and persistence. 92 - Very Good
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