The passionate husband and wife team Susan Yelland and Michael Papps are forging their own path within the Barossa wine region as first generation winegrowers.
Michael, as a Barossa resident for the last 30 years, has worked in a number of different sectors in the industry, including winery and lab work. Susan, arriving in the region in 1999, was already well on her way to becoming a wine expert, having spent time in New York studying at the Windows of the World Wine School.
In 2005 the daring duo decided to branch out and created Yelland and Papps, and within five years, invested in a five-acre property on the valley floor outside Nuriootpa. They planted roussanne, cabernet and shiraz vines on two and half acres of their property, and run the vineyard on organic principles, using minimal inputs during the winemaking process to allow the fruit to shine through, uncluttered by oak and a heavy hand.
What they don’t grow on-site they source from a select group of growers who are very familiar with the region’s soil and climate, meaning they have a long history of producing high quality-fruit.
Susan and Michael are passionate about the future stars of the Barossa, including vermentino, roussanne, barbera and primitivo varieties, as well as the old-vine material of shiraz, grenache and mataro.
Favouring lighter, more approachable styles of wine, they produce four different ranges, each with their own distinct blends and winemaking techniques. Their
entry-level YP range includes a fresh, zesty vermentino, a vin de soif combining grenache, mataro and carignan, a sete di vino containing primitivo and barbera and a pinot blanc/pinot gris, featuring 81% pinot blanc and 19% pinot gris.
The Devote range, made with traditional winemaking techniques, features an old-vine grenache, made with 50-year-old vines, a single vineyard Greenock shiraz and a roussanne that is barrel fermented and lees stirred in French oak for eight months.
The Second Take offerings are another step up as it sees the use of whole bunches and a longer period on skins and shorter time spent in barrel. The shiraz boasts notes of plum, cranberry and mulberry, and a finish that hints at exotic Asian spices, violets and jasmine. The grenache features vibrant fruit flavours of spicy cherry, juicy macerated plums and red berry fruits, with a gorgeous wash of perfumed, purple floral notes.
Finally, the Divine range boasts the best of the bunch, with a grenache using grapes from an ancient 90-year-old vineyard and a shiraz from Greenock spending over two years in French Oak.
Stop by the family-friendly tasting room nestled amongst the vines, with plenty of lawn for kids to enjoy too. Here you can sample the entire Yelland & Papps range as well as taking home some of the local produce they grow on-site, such as figs, walnuts, mulberries and lemons.