Yalumba Barossa Shiraz and Viognier 2006
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia
This wine is deep purpley red in color, displaying an aroma of sweet fragrant plums and bright red-berried fruits along with a fine cedar tone and just the subtle floral notes of Viognier. A medium to full bodied wine, showing red fruits, fine spices, cloves and peppers. The 2006 is rich, but not an overpowering Shiraz with the subtle sweet textures of Viognier.
Great now, but will also reward 5-7 years in the cellar. Match with butterfly pork chops with creamy mash potatoes.
Australian Wine Companion - "A stylish wine, with bramble notes alongside blackberry fruit and ironstone; oak comes forward on the palate, supported by mocha, leather and chocolate."
Wine Spectator - "This is ripe and expressive, with a purity and clarity to the blueberry, plum and white pepper that lets the flavors sail on, lingering beautifully against superfine tannins. Drink now through 2015. 5,500 cases imported."
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. View all Yalumba Wines
About Barossa ValleyView a map of Barossa Valley wineries
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley proper. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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13 ratings, 7 with reviewsDan Neisch - Cypress, TX43/19/2011henry sotomayor - Chicago, IL28/11/201148/5/2011111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA42/10/2011
I enjoyed this wine. I believe this is one of the best bargains out there. One of the best Syrahs I have had under $20. I am 90 on this effort.Shoblock - Ledgewood, NJ42/2/2011ponza tony - Branford, CT36/7/2011Cam Fortin - San Francisco, CA33/23/2011Shaun Fernandez - Mandeville, LA511/28/2010You mention you got a bad bottle. Trust me, if you've ever had wine before, you'll know if the bottle you got is good or not. I actually got the 2005 at a store near me for around sixteen bucks. It is fruity, but I also taste some licorice and dark cherry flavors. Totally worth another try if you got a bad bottle. Someone once told me that 1 in 10 bottles is bad. I haven't had that bad of luck, thankfully.Frank Mascia III - Old Bridge, NJ511/11/2010awesome wine...awesome value!Jon Newell - Saint Louis, MO111/7/2010I must have received a bad bottle. I got corky, musty-moldy aromas. The wine had a strong sour-bitter aftertaste with much astringency. Unacceptable. I would have sent it back at a restaurant.510/12/2010Highly recommended and I will be buying again. Perfect year round - light but full bodied. Great alone or with cheese and/or meals.54/4/2010What a burst of flavor. The finish just won't quit. Lot's of berry flavor.Mike Conza - Canton, MA42/5/2010Smooth and very nice. The nose is balanced fruit and wood tones. The smoothness continues on the palate. Holds up well with cheese and lighter styles of beef. The bottle I received was stoppered with cork, not screw cap as indicated.
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- Beef > Herbs
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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