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Date Printed: 4/21/2015
Yalumba The Octavius Shiraz 2002
Yalumba The Octavius Shiraz 2002
(search item no. 89044)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/21/2015: $99.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
2003 Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
2001 Australian Wine Companion rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Yalumba The Octavius has established a reputation as one of Australia's icon Shiraz wines, an amazing feat considering the first release was the 1990 vintage.

The 2002 vintage was exemplary. The weather remained mild and dry over the long ripening period - in fact the month of January experienced the lowest day temperatures on record. The end result was wines with great color, varietal flavors and intensity.

Yalumba The Octavius Barossa Shiraz 2002 is vibrant deep ruby red in color. Deep, dark, brooding aromas of plum, blackberry and chocolates are lifted by nuances of ground coffee, licorice, violets and cassis. Soft, velvety and sumptuous, the palate is a voluptuous concoction of blackberries, cherries, dark chocolates and creamy vanilla oak, all framed by tight knit tannins. The length is remarkable and the balance exceptional.

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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.