Wines - 2010 Divine Shiraz
Opaque purple/red in the glass the 2010 Yelland & Papps Divine Shiraz shows rich, concentrated fruit aromas of black plum, blackberry, cassis, blackcurrant and kirsch with a splash of fragrant mulberry. There are hints of deep exotic spice, black strap licorice, dark chocolate, Barossa earth, espresso, roasting meat and spicy oak with lighter notes of purple flowers and a waft of eucalyptus. The aromas are opulent and inviting, drawing the drinker towards the glass.
The wine flows onto the palate with superb texture and weight as an array of fruit characters unfold. Flavours of blackberry, blackcurrant, cherry and plum with notes of crème de cassis and macerated berries of the forest. These rich primary characters are underscored by clove, star anise, sichuan pepper, cinnamon, violets, licorice, dark chocolate, espresso coffee and earthy notes. The spicy oak is nicely integrated and the wine shows great density of flavour with super-ripe, chalky tannins framed by a bright curtain of acidity pushing the wine along to a lengthy, balanced finish.
Fermented on skins in an open fermenter for 16 days and then gently basket pressed, this small parcel of wine was then transferred to 60 % new French(100%) fine grain hogsheads for 3 months lees stirring and 30 months maturation.
Once matured the wine was bottled unfiltered and
then spends 12 months maturing in our warehouse prior to release.
Bottled – October 11th 2012
pH – 3.50
The grapes were grown on the out skirts of Greenock, home of some of the most extraordinary grapes. Vines were planted in the early 1960’s in sandy loam topsoil over light clay.
Cropped at 1.5 tonnes per acre,
the vineyard was harvested on March 12th when optimum flavours and balance were achieved in the grape.
- Steve Leszczynski - Q wine
- 96 - James Halliday - James Halliday Wine Companion 2014