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Monday, 26 June 2017

Yelland & Papps Second Take Mataro 2016

The whole bunch toned back a touch this vintage (73% versus last year's 100%). Spends 17 days on skins, 9m in barrel (100% French, 23% new). Sent to bottle unfiltered and unfined.

That whole bunch inclusion here adds a savoury background to the kirsch like notes sitting squarely in front. I'm not sure why we don't see more stem use in Mataro TBH, being a later ripening variety you'd think the stems would be nicely ripened. Just an aside. 

Splash of camp coffee essence meets a drop of Cola that's gone a little flat. A little herbal, though you cannot escape the inherent darkness of Mataro, here the boldness of fruit jostles with black licorice and black cherry. A flash of acid perks things back up again. 

You feel it's all over too quickly, before it seems to put itself into slow motion, gently receding back across the palate. Spice and tannin seem an afterthought, perhaps just the epilogue to what appears the main feature. 

Finishes on a kinda sweet/sour edge that has me just yearning for more. 92 

Tasted on: Monday 1st May, a Flower day
Source: Sample
Price: $40
Alcohol: 13.8%
Closure: Screwcap

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