Yelland & Papps Barossa Valley

Wines - 2012 Divine Grenache


The Wine

2012 was a vintage that treated Grenache well in the Barossa Valley.  A long, evening ripening period treated us to some prime fruit with good colours, ripe fruit and tannin and fine spicy characters which we have come to expect from great Grenache from the region. Medium cherry red in the glass with inviting aromas of red and dark cherry and plum fruits along with higher-toned fruit characters of cranberry and mulberry. There is a spicy edge to the fruit on the nose with hints of five spice, star anise, hoi sin and soy sauce, gingerbread, roast duck, red licorice, summer berry compote and light vanillin oak nuances.


Medium-body in the mouth with a lively flow of fruit. Red cherry, red and dark plums and a splash of bright, juicy cranberry become immediately apparent as the wine flows across the tongue. There are a bevy of spice characters on the mid-palate — cinnamon, five spice, star anise, garam marsala and a hint of pepper. Hints of ginger-cake, red licorice, jasmine, summer berries, tea and gentle oak join before the wine trails off into the distance leaving a plume of exotic spice and red-fruits in its wake. Very fine, sandy tannins and lacy acidity provide the backdrop for the fruit and we would expect the 2012 to improve with careful cellaring over the mid-term…. That's if you can keep your hands off it now.

The Winemaking

The grapes were hand-picked on the 8th March at 14.2 Baume. De-stemmed into open fermenters where it spent 12 days fermenting on skins prior to being basket pressed. The wine was then transferred to 100% French oak (40% new) for 2 years. No fining or filtering was done prior to bottling.

Bottled 8th April 2014

Vegan Friendly 

Alc – 14 %

pH – 3.52

TA – 6.78g/l


750 bottles produced