CURRENT VINTAGE: 2021
Yelland & Papps Barossa Valley Single Vineyard
Old Vine Grenache 2021
Finishing pruning in early September 2020 with budburst starting later that month and
warming up with some nice rains. We had some good rainsinOctoberleading into
November the green drying off and flowering occurring quickly. November saw fruitset
looking good and good excess foliage, with the end of November some warmer days starting.
The first day of December 2020 being a rather cooler day with a small shower was unusual
but the small shower was well received. Throughout December drive around to check
vineyards as strong winds have damaged some canopies. January was dry with a burst of
heat before a perfectly timed rain event at veraison in early February. The lead-up to vintage
was cool with the coolest summer for 19 years. Only a couple of spouts of heat made for a
cool and long ripening, but the fruit that was picked early had great natural acid and by far
looks the best quality. 2021 was a great vintage overall across the board for all varietals and a
very memorable vintage with great natural acids and balanced fruit.
The 1920s-planted Survivor Vine vineyard is situated on the southern outskirts of Tanunda
township in the Barossa Valley.
220m above sea level.
Sourcing old Grenache vines is a priority for Susan and Michael, with the aim to express
the different characteristics that lay within the different soil structures of the Barossa
This Survivor Vine vineyard of Grenache lies on the edge of the Township of Tanunda,
with two rows allocated to Michael and Susan.
Gently process of hand-picked fruit, left to ferment naturally and Elevage in French Oak
puncheons with a small sulphur addition post ferment.
1920-1925 planted on own roots on red-brown earth over limestone to the east. Fractured
shale and mudstone interspersed with quartz, ironstone, and calcareous clay to the west.
The grapes are hand-picked, naturally fermented in open fermenters, basket pressed and
left to Elevage in French oak puncheons for fourteen months in 10% new oak prior to
bottling. A final blend of 36% whole cluster, consisting of partial and 100% whole cluster
ferments. A small sulphur addition post ferment and again prior to bottling unfiltered.
16 degrees in tasting glass
Intoxicating fresh vibrant red currants and cranberries on the nose, the palate follows with
a softness, great texture, depth and elegance. A balanced wine that drives through the palate
effortless with a morish sour cherry finish. 13.8% alc Cellar for a further 5-10 years