Saturday, June 11, 2011

2009 Yelland & Papps Devote Greenock Shiraz (Barossa Shiraz)

While 2009 was not a perfect vintage in the Barossa, given that early heatwave, it ended up being a lot better than initial reports suggested. This wine more or less reflects this, having a touch of warmth, but otherwise being a damn good Shiraz.

It has an expressive nose of berries, musk, oak, and spice. It smells fresh. It tastes pretty fresh as well with some beautiful berry fruit on the front palate. There’s some reasonable focus here to with a nice line and length, never letting it get too broad. Some lovely spice and malt. Plenty of yum factor and on a cold winter’s night with a T-bone steak this was the perfect match. That touch of warmth would make me question its long-term potential, but right now it’s drinking beautifully and should do so for the next few years. A step-up from the 2008.


RRP: $32
ABV: 14.5%


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