Yelland & Papps Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Yelland & Papps CabernetWe have saved the best of the current crop of Yelland & Papps reds until last - the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon comes up trumps, delivering in both the fruit department and length.

Powerful blackcurrant fruits with a touch of mint take the lead with and a dash of pepper on the long, drying finish. Very persistant flavours and velvety tannins are a highlight.

I might be being a bit of a points miser here as I expect the wine will improve over the medium to long term. Even as a young wine it should look great along side a hearty beef dish. As usual Barossa Cabernet trumps Shiraz for my tastes.

Score: 92/100
Price: $30
Closure: Screwcap
Alcohol: 14.5%
Other Opinions: None I could find…
Would I buy this wine?
Yes, it’s an excellent Barossa Cabernet

Yelland & Papps Greenock Shiraz 2007

Yelland & Papps ShirazMy tasting notes for the Yelland & Papps Greenock Shiraz 2007 have been sitting on my desk for 2 months awaiting a write up, unfortunately life’s events have got in the way, apologies for the delay.

Perfumed shiraz fruit, leather, earth and a hint of chocolate. The powerful and juicy front palate holds much promise, with mouthfilling berries and aniseed however there is little in the way of tannin and the flavours quickly drop away. A better showing was found on the second day, though the finish was still a tad short.

For what its worth, several respected critics have rated this wine highly. We tasted this bottle alongside the 2007 Grenache and Cabernet and it definitely appeared to be the weaker sibling.

Score: 87/100
Price: $30
Closure: Screwcap
Alcohol: 14.5%
Other Opinions: The Wine Front (Subscription Required)
Would I buy this wine?
No

Yelland & Papps Old Vine Grenache 2007

Yelland & Papps Old Vine GrenacheWe have been fortunate enough to receive samples of three premium reds from Yelland & Papps in the Barossa, all of which should be released very soon. First up we have the Yelland & Papps Old Vine Grenache 2007.

Some alcoholic heat detracts from the vibrant red berry and dusty earth aromas. Medium bodied and silky smooth, the persistant finish is nice and savoury with a refreshing acidic bite.

Like the 2006 vintage, this wine is held together with acidity rather than tannin, however it seems to be missing the “x-factor” of the older sibling. Given that the balance is there now, I think this will be looking very good with a few years in the bottle.

Score: 89/100
Price: $30
Closure: Screwcap
Alcohol: 14.5%
Other Opinions: None I could find yet…
Would I buy this wine?
Make haste and snap up some of the 2006 before it sells out!

The Story Wines Grampians Shiraz 2007

The Story Wines Grampians Shiraz 2007Before tasting (drinking) a sample of The Story Wines Grampians Shiraz 2007, I really should have read the blog post by winemaker Rory Lane on this very wine. Not only did he open with “This years story …” as I had intented (nevermind, that was so December 2008 anyhow), but he dished out some excellent advice on approaching this young shiraz - give it at least 2 hours in the decanter!

Initially the wine was rather restained in both its aroma and fruit flavours, however if you allow sufficient decanting time, a richer and fuller experience awaits. There are aromas of cherry, raspberry and nutmeg and a medium bodied palate with decent length and fine tannins. The balance between fruits/spices and tannin/acidity hits the mark and keeps you coming back for just one more glass…

Rory needs a pat on the back for turning out a very good wine from a difficult vintage, likewise for deciding that 2007 was not the year to release a single vineyard wine, but rather declassify the fruit (grapes!) into the regional blend.

Score: 90/100
Price: $22
Closure: Screwcap
Alcohol: 14%
Other Opinions: The Story Wines (read this - it’s open and spot on with the self assessment)
Would I buy this wine?
Yes, this is the style of Shiraz I like to drink and good value to boot

Bargain of the year

Dan Murphy’s have Mount Pleasant Philip Shiraz (some stores 2006, others 2007) and Elizabeth Semillon (2004) for $7.85 per bottle if you buy 6 or more. This is a ridiculously cheap price for a wine that is good value at $15. Stop reading my drivel and go buy a case or two.

Yelland & Papps Old Vine Grenache 2006

Yelland & Papps Old Vine GrenacheWe have saved the best for last from Yelland & Papps, the Old Vine Grenache 2006 is atypical for the region, however in a very good way.

Mid ruby red, initially the aromas are of subtle sweet berries, though the full flavoured palate is full of red cherry, rich dark chocolate and an earthyness I rather appreciate. Acidity rather than tannin binds the whole lot together, though there is some fine tannin evident on the long finish. Smooth, easy drinking, well balanced and full of interest.

This is a wine that has polarised opinion somewhat, I feel that if you prefer your wines in a more savoury style: eg Italian or Hunter Valley, then this Grenache will hit the spot. I feel it’s a classy number and food friendly to boot.

Score: 92/100
Price: $30
Closure: Screwcap
Alcohol: 14.5%
Other Opinions: Yelland & Papps, Torbwine
Would I buy this wine?
Yes

Yelland & Papps Barossa Valley Shiraz 2007

Yelland & Papps Barossa Valley ShirazThe Yelland & Papps Barossa Valley Shiraz 2007 appears to be the entry level red in the portfolio, coming in with a price tag of $20.

Initially vanilla oak dominates the nose with some briary dark fruit lurking below. On the palate this Shiraz is young and feisty with juicy dark fruits, a goodly dose of spice and a grippy tannic finish. Over a few hours, the fruit character emerged to swallow up the oak to a degree, leaving a rich and fairly enjoyable Barossa Shiraz.

I feel this is a wine that needs at least another 6 months in bottle before it’s youthful exuberance is pulled into line.

Score: 88/100
Price: $20
Closure: Screwcap
Alcohol: 14.5%
Other Opinions: Torbwine
Would I buy this wine?
No, I found the oak a little overbearing.

Barwang Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Barwang Cabernet SauvignonGotta love Barwang, flying the flag for NSW Cabernet and keeping those rampaging hordes from the south and west at bay. This 2006 vintage is excellent, however by the time you read this it’s probably too late to snap any up from retail shelves which are now stacked with the very good 2007 - a review of which is pending.

The sweet aromas of blackcurrant and blackberry lure you into the full bodied palate, naturally loaded with blackcurrant flavour supported by a dash of spice and fine tannins with a little grip. Youthful, balanced and very drinkable right now, or you could cellar over the medium term.

I think it is fair to say that this is the best value for money Cabernet I have tried this year, so if you happen to spot any bottles left at retail, buy the lot and send me a few more.

Score: 93/100
Price: $16
Closure: Screwcap
Alcohol: 14.5%
Would I buy this wine again?
Yes, sadly I only managed to get my hands on 4 bottles.

Yelland & Papps Grenache Rose 2008

Yelland & Papps RoseThis is the first of three wines from the family owned and run winery Yelland & Papps of the Barossa. So without further ado, I present the Yelland & Papps Grenache Rose 2008.

Strawberries! Plenty of them on the nose of this vibrant red Rose. The palate is certainly full flavoured when compared to its peers, presenting strawberry jam flavours up front and just enough acid to keep things in check for an off-dry finish.

I feel this is a wine that would be very popular with the average punter, however red bigots may find it a tad sweet. In short it’s a good, full flavoured Rose with the price tag you would expect.

Score: 87/100
Price: $17
Closure: Screwcap
Alcohol: 13%
Would I buy this wine?
No, although well made, I prefer a dryer Rose