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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Yelland and Papps Second Take Shiraz 2018

Sub 13% Barossa Shiraz, who'd have thought that 10-20 years ago when the world was enthralled with full throttle, high-octane Shiraz of 15-odd percent? 

That said, there's much evidence (anecdotal, and empirical) that prior to those 'Parkerised' styles that Barossan Shiraz was regularly in the 13s.

Picked seemingly no earlier, on 13th March, and employing judicious use of whole bunches to add spice and savoury nuances to the aromatic profile. It also sees little new oak, just 5%, again a departure from those hedonistic fruit--bombs of yore.

It is still very Barossan in the fruit profile, with the black fruit of Mulberry, Plum and subtle cassis on offer. It's light, supple and juicy - a rich vein of acidity energetically flowing across the palate. Tannin's fine, almost sandy in its presence, as if having absorbed from fine and loamy warmed soils. 

Delicate length tugging along, on the back of a good length derived from the dark fruit and spice. The Grenache remains my pick of the reds this release, this Shiraz level pegging with the Mataro. 92  

Tasted on: Friday 7th June, a Leaf day 
Source: Sample
Price: $45
Alcohol: 12.8%
Closure: Screwcap

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