2017 Yelland & Papps Second Take Rousanne

This is such a cool wine.  Another of the Yelland & Papps range that really gets my mouth watering in anticipation when I know it’s on its way to my home.  It’s certainly not your normal Rousanne of course but it’s definitely generating interest in wine drinkers.

With first pour the colour was cloudy but nothing like the second pour after I gave the bottle a bit of a twist and shake.  It looked like home-made ginger beer.  That was where the ‘cool’ factor came into effect for me.  Take in the aromas and you’ll find it’s citrusy but also a bit spicy.  Sensory excitement for my eyes and nose setting up the taste buds for the best part.

Those citrusy characters are on the palate too with great texture and some acidic zing, zip and liveliness adding pretty good length to it plus, there’s that subtle spiciness again.  You can taste the personality in this wine.  Loved it!


Region: Barossa Valley, SA     Price: $40     Source: Sample

Y&P 2nd Take Roussanne

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2017 Robert Stein SRG (Semillon, Riesling, Gewürztraminer)

I love interesting varieties when it comes to wines and there are a few starting to poke their heads up around the country.  However, there are also some interesting blends starting to show up around the traps as well.

This one is not necessarily new.  It’s a bit of take on a blend that was introduced about 40 years ago thanks to (winemaker) Jacob Stein’s grandfather.  Jacob has added 17% Gewürztraminer to the original Semillon/Riesling blend and come up with a floral, flavoursome and fun-time wine.

It’s clean and pristine looking in the glass and gee the aromatics are good!  It smells deliciously citrusy and floral and so inviting! (last exclamation mark, promise).

As much as there are still some citrus notes (lemons/limes) when you taste this, they have been beautifully wrapped in a skin of texture that sits very nicely on the palate and hangs there for a while.  The gewürztraminer does make its presence known but more in the ‘musk’ vein as opposed to turkish delight/rose petal way it can sometimes.

Bearing in mind, this was fermented wild and left on skins for four days plus finishing fermentation on heavy lees.  You would expect quite a bit of texture and weight, which it has, but thanks to some obviously great fruit, everything has balanced out perfectly.


Region: Mudgee, NSW     Price: $18     Source: Sample thanks to Robert Stein and Define Wine

Rob Stein SRG


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2017 Robert Stein Shiraz Nouveau

Shiraz Nouveau sounds very trendy and ‘now’.  Because I’m not a Millenial, I had to look up the meaning of Nouveau and in French it means new, in Old French it means novel so, it fits.

Love the colour.  I don’t often use this word but it’s pretty.  A pretty red with a very nice, complementary purple rim.

This is all about the fruit from the beginning.  Unmistakable juicy red fruits on the nose, maybe even a touch of spicy cherry-ness in there too.

Those red fruits continue and are joined by some plumminess, mixed italian herbs and hint of licorice with a nice addition of savouriness showing up on the finish.

This may seem a bit odd but it comes across as a pretty relaxed sort of wine.  It’s like it did not set out to reach any great heights yet found its ideal spot alongside my dinner of Chilli Con Carne.


Region: Mudgee, NSW     Price: $30     Source: Sample courtesy of Robert Stein and  Define Wine


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2017 Yelland & Papps Second Take Vermentino

There are many things I like about this wine (and another white wine in the Second Take range) but one I want to mention is that it sort of made me step outside my comfort zone when it comes to wine.  Most who know me are aware I’m a bit of a conservative and routine sort of bloke, but this wine made me take a look at other ways, and to a certain extent  good ways, to treat some varieties.

I really dig this wine.  When I served it up to some friends and it generated some interest and conversation.  Just what wine is supposed to do.

This pushes the intrigue button right from the start and that is just with the information on the bottle.  It gives the drinker everything they need to know about why this is why it is.  One snippet of that information to fire up the interest factor, two hundred and thirty one days on skins!  I dare you to google the normal time a white wine spends slothing about like this.

I picked up some wheat beer (banana) and ginger beer spice aromatics.  Drinking is so much the pleasure of this wine every time.  You don’t see it on the nose but citrus characters appear on the palate in the form of those lemon drop lollies that you suck on until they disappear slowly but they blend nicely with, sort of, subtle stone fruit characters.  That subtlety is right through the whole experience of this drinking part too.  I could easily drink a lot of this…easily!!


Region: Barossa Valley     Price: $40     Source: Sample


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2017 Huntington Estate ‘Barrel Ferment’ Chardonnay

I like Chardonnay.  No surprises there.

The term ‘Barrel Ferment’ will conjure up some interest I’ve no doubt regardless of its ‘sometimes use’ when it comes to Chardonnay.

Respect of regional tradition is something that needs to be considered when in the Chardonnay sphere too.  Combine them and you stir that interest again.  Especially for me considering I’ve not had the privilege of trying many Mudgee Chardonnays.  The crew at Huntington Estate have taken it all into consideration with this one.

For me it seems shy yet ‘up front’ on the nose.  I don’t know how else to describe it.  There are the typical and obvious Chardonnay aromatics yet it seems a bit restrained.

Tasting, or should I say drinking it, is where it became really interesting and grabbed my attention.  Here it’s almost like it’s telling you it has a future while wanting to be enjoyed now.  The old ‘two bob each way’ scenario.

Plenty of really good flavour hanging around thanks to some well managed texture (there’s that barrel fermentation showing itself) but some citrus acidity claiming its place in the make up of this wine to let you know of its capability to develop over a short period of time.  It’s very nice, moreish and so easily drinkable.

Region: Mudgee, NSW     Price: $24      Source: Sample courtesy of Huntington Estate and Define Wine


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2017 Yalumba Y Series Sangiovese Rosé

I’ve tried the whites in the latest releases of this series and they were incredible wines for the price. I remember reading a review about this Rosé and felt it necessary to buy a bottle and give it a try. Besides, roses are back on trend and my wife and I have been enjoying quite a few of them over the Tassie summer.

This one hits the mark on every level. Now I’m not saying it is a complex, mind blowing wine but what I can say is it will still have you wondering if you’ve been charged the right amount of coin at the checkout.

Plenty of red fruits to talk about. Strawberries, cherries and cranberries add plenty of aromas and flavours even though you wouldn’t expect that when you see the regulation salmon colour. There’s a nice bit of acid at the finish but it’s soft enough that it adds to the little bit of length this wine has without taking anything away from those really good flavours.

I’d be more than happy to pay the RRP for this wine and even at that price, it is a steal!


Region: Barossa Valley & Wrattonbully     Price: $15 (I paid $11)     Source: Retail Purchase

Y Rose

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2016 Huntington Estate Special Reserve Semillon

Some wine varieties go out of fashion.  Some never actually become fashionable.  Some deserve to be fashionable but don’t seem to win over punters.  I think Semillon falls into the last category.  When there are great examples like this one, people don’t realise what they are missing out on including me.  I really don’t drink enough of this much ignored variety and I only have myself to blame.

It’s a shy young thing.  I had to give it a decent swirl and shake in the glass to get some subtle lemon and grassy notes on the nose and I thought this was a sign of things to come.

Well I was wrong.  Tasting this wine was a pleasure indeed.  That lemon aroma moves up a notch in this realm of the experience with that citrusy acid taking all before it.  However, it’s not like some ‘in your face acid’ that you can get from young Semillon.  Perfectly balanced by some nice weight and texture, it seems to get better the more you taste it.  The acid became soft, the wine seemed to fill out and it lingered long.

I’ve never known a wine to make me feel guilty like this one did, unintentional of course.  As I said earlier, after tasting this wine, I really don’t appreciate or drink Semillon enough.  It deserves better treatment not just by me but universally.


Region: Mudgee, NSW           Price: $30          Source: Sample thanks to Huntington Estate and Define Wine 

Huntington Estate 16 Semillon



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