Wines - 2014 Second Take Shiraz
Bunchy little monkey! Our sparkly new, 2014 Yelland & Papps Second Take Shiraz is a wine we are very happy with! Why whole bunches we hear you ask? For the lifted aromatic profile and sense of space it adds to the palate. What can sometimes be a fairly dense monolithic wine, whole bunches seem to open the wine up and let some light in, highlighting all that is good about the variety here in the Barossa. 50% whole bunch, wild ferment, 25 days on skins and seven months in French oak (17% new) before going to bottle without fining or filtration. Mid red/purple in colour with fragrant aromas of satsuma plum, macerated summer berry fruits, mulberry and cranberry. Hints of light baking and Asian spices, fresh cherry danish, jasmine blossom and dried mandarin along with notes of dark chocolate, tea-cake, vanillin and licorice.
In the mouth, it’s certainly at the lighter end of medium-bodied with a lovely, energetic flow of fruit onto the palate. Again plum, cranberry, mulberry and the berry fruits of summer are making themselves known here. Hints of exotic Asian spices, violets and jasmine, cherry clafoutis, red licorice and chocolate continue onto the finish which lingers nicely with a sense of freshness in its wake. Airy and spacious throughout its length with a snappy, detailed fruit profile — you can see what we like about this whole-bunch caper yeah? Great drinking now or over the medium-term and don’t be afraid to slap it in the fridge for 30 minutes or so if the weather is warm.
This wine has been 50% whole bunch fermented in an open fermenter using natural yeasts for 25 days. A combination of plunging and gentle pump overs were used for cap management. Basket pressed into 100% French oak (17% new) for 7 months maturation prior to bottling unfined and unfiltered.
crushed on 24/03/14
25 days on skins
into barrel on 21/04/14 for seven months
out of barrel 28/11/14
100% french oak - 17% new
unfiltered / unfined
in bottle on 03/12/14
pH 3.55 TA 6.6
1400 bottles made
Winemaker: Michael Papps
Situated on Seppeltsfield Rd at Dorrien, this 85 year old Shiraz vineyard is tendered to by the O’Brien Family. With an altitude of approximately 250m, the vines run east-west down to the picturesque Para River, allowing this block to ripen later.
- Very Good+ - Steve Leszczynski - QWine Blog
Theres so much I like about these Second Take wines.
The stats read like this: 50% whole bunch, wild fermented, 25 days on skins, seven months in French Oak (17% new), unfiltered and unfined.
So whats it taste like? Pretty damn fine. Old Skool winemaking at its best here. Lots of Red things spring to mind when I take a whiff. Stewed rhubarb, cherries, plums, baked rasberries, even some violets - but they aren't red:)
Complexity and texture is rolled out courtesy of those whole bunches. The fruit fills the palate in a soft and comforting manner. Man this has spunk.
Only 1400 Bottles produced and one to pop on your "gotta try"list.
Id go back for glass after glass. And I did. Great stuff.
Have in the medium term.