Friday, July 20, 2012

2010 Yelland & Papps Devote Old Vine Grenache (Barossa Valley)

If Ochota Barrels and Cradle of Hills have been new and exciting Grenache discoveries for me, then Yelland & Papps is a return to a trusted favourite. Year in and year out, good vintage or otherwise, their Devote Grenache is a quality offering. I had the 2007 the other day and it was drinking beautifully.

The 2010 Devote has a quiet confidence to it. It’s not overt or obvious, and I was initially a tad underwhelmed, but its balance and persistence grew on me. Medium-bodied yet increasingly expressive over a few days, it’s ultimately very moreish. Sweet berries, spice, tar, and aniseed. Very versatile with food and lovely to drink now, but everything is there to suggest that this will reward cellaring. It started at 3.5 Stars but convinced me of its quality in the end. Very nice wine. 4 Stars.


RRP: $32
ABV: 14%
Closure: Screwcap
Drink: 2014-2020

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