Current Vintage: 2022
With a fervent relationship with Roussanne since 2011 Michael and Susan Papps have
been pushing boundaries on this varietal that they believe suits the Barossa Valley
climate and rich earth soils.
Predominately making red wines in the early years of their winemaking, white wine has
taken precedence and excitement the past few years. Now releasing their fourth range of
Roussanne has been a work in progress for many vintages and now shows Roussanne in
four distinctive styles.
A wet start to winter followed by a dry mild spring and summer led to a longer and slower
ripening period delaying the start of vintage by a week or two. Within the growing season,
we dealt with frost and hail which ultimately reduced our yields to 30% below average.
The fruit is harvested by hand at the optimum flavour and on natural acid profile, fruit is
delivered to Yelland & Papps winery and gently crushed and pressed off after cooling, then
pressed to French oak puncheons.
Fermentations are indigenous. Battonage frequently. Aging takes place for six months in
large format 100% French Oak puncheons. SO2 is kept to a minimum, usually added only
before bottling. There really is no precise recipe, only the guiding principles of minimal
intervention and taste. No filtration.
These parcels firstly destined for the Single Vineyard range are declassified parcels for the
Blanc but provide sheer pleasure for early consumption.
14 degrees in the tasting glass.
With an attractive gold colour with slight haziness from no filtration, offers a complex nose,
with characteristics of stone fruit, lemon custard and yellow peach. The palate develops
with elegance, with a rich powerful texture, opulence and a beautiful acid balance to the
finish. 13.1% alc Cellar for a further 5-7 years