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Date Printed: 9/30/2014
Yalumba The Octavius 2003
Yalumba The Octavius 2003
(search item no. 92675)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 97 points
Australian Wine Companion rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 9/30/2014: $89.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
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
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2002 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 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.

In addition to being sourced from a number of very old vineyards in the Barossa, The Octavius is matured in American oak "octaves" of 90 liters capacity. It is the only red wine in the world that is matured in such small barrels. The secret of the wine not becoming overpowered by the oak lies in the wood which is seasoned at Yalumba's own on-site cooperage for eight years before the octaves are crafted.

Yalumba The Octavius 2003 is very dark, impenetrable, deep black purple red in colour. A fine nose of ripe dark fruits, plums, prunes and licorice exudes scents of violets, dark chocolate and espresso. A smooth, silky textured palate seamlessly integrates inky black berry flavours. Beautifully refined with supple tannins, this is a wine of outstanding poise, elegance and length.

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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.