2016 Yelland & Papps Devote Sparkling Vermentino

I googled Sparkling Vermentino only because I thought there can’t be much around in Australia.  I was wrong, there is a bit out there.  But, are they as good as this one!

There was every intention of opening this wine on the day we did.  I’d checked the weather in the morning and it was forecast to be a very nice Sunday in my home town of Hobart so, in the fridge in went.

It started well with a lovely blanket of bubbles on top of the juice.  It settled quickly and I think it added to the aromas offered up because, gee it was aromatic.  Certainly citrussy and certainly inviting.

On the palate, lemons are the main player here.  However, there is a palate richness and fullness which I haven’t found in other sparkling wines made from left-of-centre varieties.  I thought a pear characteristic was present adding a nice dimension plus a smoothness to finish it off.  It is fizzichally (it had to be done) appealing.

I know people talk about eating oysters with this type of wine but this did very nicely on its own and with confidence.  There were no leftovers.


Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia     Price: $40     Source: Sample


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