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Date Printed: 11/22/2014
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 11/22/2014: $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 one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines.