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?).