Recently my wife and I drove to the north of Tasmania and the closer we got to our destination, the more the weather turned a bit dirty. A brief conversation about the change in the weather proved to be a perfect way to describe this wine.
The sky looked a dark blue with some nice white and pale grey cloud cover. But, when you looked from the hills and moved your gaze upwards, there were actually dark blue/grey clouds around with white ones below it and pale grey ones that seemed to float above them. A layered appearance of rain filled clouds with no definite boundaries between them. Every layer seemed to give the impression of structure and strength coupled with presence and personality, all of it coming together resulting in quite the captivating scene. I hope you know what I mean because I really haven’t done it justice.
This wine is beautifully layered. All you need to do is add balance to “structure, strength, presence and personality”, and you have this wine to a ‘T’.
Fun, funky and flavoursome from the bottom up and the top down. The first thing you encounter is the texture and a nice grip on the palate thanks to 310 days on skins. Sliding on in next were plenty of fresh apple and pear juice characters that seemed to be finely coated by delicate spices, and then some citrussy like acid chimes in adding to a really good length. Just like that sky I mentioned earlier, this was a captivating and an intriguingly layered wine. I have to say, it was very well received by the small group of friends for whom I poured it. Nice one. Nice one indeed!
Region: Barossa Valley, SA Price: $45 Source: Sample courtesy of Yelland & Papps