Wines - 2014 BB Pinot Blanc
Here’s a blend that you’d possibly expect to come from North-Western French wine region of Alsace, but we here at Yelland & Papps have raided the vineyards of one of our growers, the Farquhar family and given it a distinct delicious Barossa twist. The vineyards are located over on the Western extremity of the Barossa and we’ve taken the “hands off” route in the winery — grapes de-stemmed, whole-berry basket pressed and 4 months on its lees to develop some texture and away we go!
Pale-straw in colour with crisp, fresh fruit aromas of nashi pear, grapefruit, guava and crunchy Granny Smith apples come bursting from the glass. Further in the background you’ll find hints of marzipan, nougat, almond blossom, crushed stone and a light wash of freshly cut fennel and a suggestion of freshly picked oregano and struck flint. The wine displays a fresh, energetic entrance into the palate showing fruit flavours of pear, apple, nectarine and grapefruit with some light high-tones of white flowers immediately making themselves known. There are hints of crème fraîche, almond paste, honeysuckle, nougat and crushed rock. It’s a very textural wine, with a smooth flow across the palate and is kept in check beautifully by a seam of bright, ripe acidity before trailing off to a finish that lingers with flavours of pear, apples and soft spice notes. Think grilled seafood on the barbie and you’ll be in a happy place
Both parcels of grapes were hand picked on 10th February. Destemmed and whole berry basket pressed together, prior to a 12 day cold ferment. The wine then spent 4 months resting on its yeast lees to develop some texture and mouth feel.
This wine has had minimal intervention to retain all purity, then gently filtered prior to bottling.
Bottled – 13th August 2014
pH – 3.46
TA – 5.4
Alc – 13.5 %
Vegan friendly and Organic principles.
Both parcels of grapes were grown on the western edge of the Barossa by the Farquhar family using a traditional Italian method of high density planting (6500 vines per hectare). A combination of several clones on different rootstocks, grown at approximately 180-190m above sea level in a variance of soils from black loam on limestone through to alluvial clay.
The vineyard was tended to using Organic principles but isn’t certified at present.
- 91 - James Halliday - James Halliday Wine Companion