Current Vintage: 2023

Yelland & Papps Barossa Valley Vin de Soif 2023

THE WINE

Vin de Soif – thirst quenchers, or, as the French say, vins de soif, which essentially means unpretentious wines that are measured not by their complexity, length or ageability but by the joy and refreshment they provide. Michael and Susan started making a Vin de Soif blend in 2011, to bring to the table just this, but with the quality vineyards and fruit sourced these wines will age gracefully as customers have now realised and you do not need to be in a super hurry to consume. One of the many major decisions five years ago to change the direction of our business was the underlying need to make the wines that we envision and believe in, the overwhelming feeling of self-confident decision-making and that your vision is piece by piece coming together. The new 2023 Vin de Soif is I believe the best representation of our goal for this wine over the last thirteen years. This wine encompasses the delicate, prettiness with fine structured tannins that we have always been trying to achieve in this wine.

THE VINTAGE
Barossa’s 2023 vintage was 3-4 weeks later than the ‘new normal’ of the past 20 years. Similar to,
but even later than, 2002. Due to a combination of Negative IOD and La Niña climatic patterns,
Barossa’s spring rainfall was one of the wettest on record, with an additional 131% more rain than
the long-term average. Barossa experienced 53 rain days in Spring. Overall, the growing season
saw average soil moisture and strong budburst.
– Wine Barossa Barossa.com
Although the 2023 vintage was anxious to wait for vintage to start, the cool nights and cooler days
and no extreme heatwaves meant the fruit was ripening slowly which is good. With sugars not
rising quickly the acids are able to be retained and not drop as quickly maintaining freshness on
the vine and allowing things to come into balance.
– Michael Papps

LOCATION

A range of multiple sites surrounding the Barossa Valley region, Vine Vale and Stone Well region.

TERROIR
Multiple sites from growers, Stone Well and Vine Vale.

AGEING
The grapes are hand-picked, naturally fermented in open fermenters and barrel-fermented
Basket pressed and left to Elevage in seasoned oak for eight months prior to bottling.
24 % whole cluster, wild yeast, natural malo, minimal sulphur and vegan friendly.

VARIETALS
46% Grenache 39% Cinsault 15% Mataro

SERVING
16 degrees in tasting glass

TASTING NOTES
Delicious aromas of crushed cranberries, macerated cherries, and spice, with a lean drive of
deliciousness. A seductive, bright, pretty, soft smooth blend. A lingering finish, super fine tannins
just thirst quenching. This wine is drinking beautifully upon release but do not be afraid to cellar
and see it develop.
13.1% alc Cellar for a further 5-8 years