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Wednesday 24 April 2013

Yelland & Papps Second Take Roussanne 2012

"So, is that a grape variety then?" enquired the Father-in-Law, who I was holidaying with. Upon having that question satisfactorily answered, he declared: "it's alright that, very easy to drink". My work here is done.

Wild yeast fermented, lees stirred; in barrel for 10 months - 100% French Oak, all old. Basically: fantastic palate texture and length.

Hints of bruised apple, a soapy character, enticingly perfumed and not a little unlike a good cider in many respects.

Textural, full - fairly lush and rich. Solids character - the dead yeast cells and the like - the matter that is stirred adds that dimension. Good acidic profile too. Length is gorgeous.

Incidentally, I tasted this four days after having first opened it, that aromatics were still there, and whilst the palate had lost some of its vibrancy, the length was still there - textural, chalky and with a little spicy phenolic hit. A fantastic wine. 94 - Excellent  

Tasted on: Saturday 20th April, a Leaf Day
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 13%
Closure: Screwcap

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