Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz 2009
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
Medium to full red hues, the wine opens with aromas of darkand brooding fruits and spices of plums, cloves, coffee andchocolate, which then leads to the subtle fine aromatics of violets,cherries and raspberries. A wine of depth and richness, this hasthe generosity of plum fruit sweetness and a solid structure. Thestylishly long fine grainy tannin profile completes the packagefor cellaring.
Try with slow roasted lamb shank, roasted parsnips and kipfler potatoes.
Australian Wine Companion - "Syrupy and luscious with dark, coffeed flavor saturating its heart. It's a big, sweet wine but in many ways it shows how such a style can and should be done. Licorice and jellied blackberry flood the palate and extend out through the finish. It's sweet and full but it's not hot or dead; it maintains a keen liveliness. Oak plays a leading role but fresh, dark fruit stands right up to it."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "(aged for 20 months in new and used French and American oak casks, with some used Hungarian oak barrels in the mix as well): Lurid ruby. Sexy aromas of cassis, candied licorice, spicecake and toasty oak, along with complicating notes of lavender and cola. Sweet, sappy and broad on the palate, offering juicy black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors that gain energy and spiciness with air. Finishes dense, seamless and sweet, with velvety tannins and a lingering blueberry quality."
Wine Enthusiast - "Octavius has always been oaky, but over the years the fruit has come into better balance, and the 2009 may be one of the most successful editions yet released. It's dense and impenetrable at first, only slowly yielding hints of plum, mocha and vanilla."
Wine Spectator - "Rich and ripe, with dense blueberry and dark plum fruit, shaded with cinnamon and white pepper hints as the finish sails on against refined tannins. Drink now through 2021. 100 cases imported."
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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. 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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