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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Yelland & Papps Vin de Soif 2012

I've been re-reading Alice Feiring's 'Naked Wine', in which she mentions that: "Vins de Soifare thirst quenchers, and some of us feel that the leave terroir behind...". There's room for both the thirst quenchers, and those wines of place, a point Ms Feiring does concede. I think we - whoever we are - often get too hung up on certain philosophical points, just see this wine for what it is...bloody smashable.

A blend of 65% Grenache, 27% Mataro, 5% Shiraz & 3% Carignan, deepish garnet in hue. Initially meaty on opening, dissipates to reveal a mash of brambly black forest fruits.

Posesses that easy going, juicy vibrancy - acid is a little perky, adds to freshness. Shows a touch of citrus on the back end - hauls you back in for more. Shows the faintest rub of tannin, of moderate length, but ticks the 'soif' box in a big way. 88

Tasted on: Saturday 30th November, a Flower Day
Source: Sample
Price: $20
Alcohol: 14%
Closure: Screwcap

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