Yalumba The Signature Cabernet/Shiraz 2008
Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Australia
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
The Signature Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2008 is dark red with purple hues. The aroma shows characters of sweet spices, cedary earth and tar, and dusty berries. The palate has a rich Cabernet Sauvignon mouthfeel with dark curranty Shiraz mid palate tannins. The finish is very persistent, combining great power with elegance. The palate shows structure with great aging potential.
"Good colour for age; Yalumba moved before the heatwave in picking its best grapes; this is a powerful, full-bodied wine with black fruits, licorice and tannins (plus oak) all clamouring to be heard."
Australian Wine Companion
"Fresh, vital and beautifully focused, offering vibrant currant and plum fruit on a polished frame, lingering easily against superfine tannins."
"Deep garnet-purple colored, 2008 The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz reveals evolving notes of warm mulberries, plum preserve, creme de cassis and black olives with hints of sandalwood, spice box and tobacco. Medium to full bodied and elegantly fruited in the mouth, it's very well structured with a medium to firm level of grainy tannins and good line of acid, finishing long and layered. It's just beginning to enter its drinking window and should cellar gracefully to 2021+."
The Wine Advocate
Couldn't finish the bottle. Too dry and tannic. This is a subjective review as I prefer fuller bodied, less tannic/dry wines. Took it to a dinner party, and no one liked it either although one person thought it went well with chocolate (just to offset the endless finish?).
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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...
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Learn About Barossa Valley
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...
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