In the foundation stages of Yelland and Papps, Shiraz was the first variety we produced in 2005. Our home then was in the Greenock township and that era Shiraz was the pinnacle and if you didn’t make a Shiraz, you were “sorry what……you don’t make Shiraz”?

 

The next vintage rolled on and this is the very early stages of Y & P, ran from our house amongst having kids and having our wines made in a contract facility.

We wanted to let our business grow and ourselves organically, we introduced a Grenache and a Cabernet Sauvignon purely from meeting growers that had fruit available to purchase, no big plan.

Purchasing our Estate and vineyards in 2010 was the turning point of our business and starting to traction a direction. The direction was embodied with an overwhelming sense of excitement to every varietal that came our way or took our interest.

In the vintage of 2015 with two young kids in tow, we managed (probably not successfully) to produce 29 parcels of wine from 14 different varietals.  We were like kids in a candy store, our minds were blown with the pieces to a puzzle that we could create.

Often, I heard myself saying if we only made three wines a vintage I would be bored.

After many years of juggling many varietals, growers and wines in our portfolio, a decision beyond us made us sit up and take notice of the arduous number of parcels we were trying to achieve in our rudimentary winery facility.

We have allowed ourselves to move into another chapter and forgo so many parcels, but still today the core passions of creating are in full flourish but do feel a lot more contained.

Forgetting about the Italian varietals and focusing on our first passion French with a focus on Rhone varietals, saw the goodbye of Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Dolcetto, Lagrein, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Primitivo, Reisling and Vermentino.

Today the strive to pay the same amount of attention to all varietals, as laborious as this is, keeps the drive to maintain equal quality for all.

 

If you ask what varietal we are most passionate about and importance, they are all on equal par.

Roussanne, to dream to create textured elegant serious interesting white wine.

Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris, to add interest and texture to our Blanc.

Grenache the versatility, sustainability, and pure deliciousness

Cinsault, A delight of a varietal that just makes every blend that much better, but then on it owns is stunning.

Mourvèdre, pure earthy heart of the Barossa that brings wines into balance and structure.

Shiraz / Syrah, the ability to show Shiraz in so many different styles and with vineyard sites and winemaking we can achieve a shiraz for everyone’s style.

 

So, there we have the consolidated seven varieties to our portfolio, so what do we specialise in?

Making exceptional delicious wine

What do we want to be known for?

Making exceptional delicious wine

 

Thank you for enjoying our journey and wines over the last twenty years as we hope to make it to another twenty years.

 

Susan Papps