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Date Printed: 4/1/2015
Yalumba Octavius Old Vine Shiraz 1997
Yalumba Octavius Old Vine Shiraz 1997
(search item no. 50381)
Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/1/2015: $78.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
1998 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Inky purple to black in colour with incredibly youthful hues. The nose has very powerful primary fruit lift showing stewing plums and tarry licorice notes, with a rich, sweet, coffee and chocolate oak background. Firm, focused and chewy the palate displays multiple layers of complexity. This is a brooding wine that will develop into one of the all time great styles.
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About Yalumba:

Yalumba is Australia's oldest family-owned winery, founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful wineries, owned by 5th generation Robert Hill-Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolades for its outstanding wines, and for its leadership in viticultural innovation and sustainable farming. Yalumba was the first winery in the world to be recognized with the Climate Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (2007), earned the International Green Apple Gold Award from House of Commons (U.K. 2011), and was the first winery outside the United States to win the BRIT International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing Competition (2013). The Yalumba portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to the Samuel’s Garden line to capture the essence of the classic Rhone-influenced varietals of the Barossa and Eden Valleys, explores sub-regional complexity through innovative, modern wines in the Hand Pickedline, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare and Fine wines including Signature and Octavius.