Yalumba The Signature Cabernet/Shiraz 2009
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The aroma opens with the classic 'Signature' aromatics of red currants, leafy notes, cedar and spices all supported with fine violet and cherry florals. The mouth-feel is full-bodied, long and persistent tannins and shows great concentration yet elegance. This wine has long term aging potential.
Australian Wine Companion - "The Signature is on the back, this year it is Clive Weston, for long employed by Negociants NZ. The choice of 20 months' maceration in Yalumba-coopered French, Hungarian and American oak has not impacted as much as anticipated on the medium to full-bodied palate with its rich blackcurrant and plum fruit, and ripe tannins."
Wine Spectator - "Velvety, ripe and expressive, offering a full-bodied mouthful of dark berry, plum, chocolate and floral flavors that persist into a long and generous finish. The extraripe fruit lingers, showing real presence but not extra weight. Drink now through 2019."
The Wine Advocate - "The medium to deep garnet colored 2009 The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz unfurls evolving aromas of warm blackberries, dried mulberries and stewed plum alongside underlying menthol, potpourri, cinnamon stick, and nutmeg scents. Medium to full-bodied, it harmoniously supports a great core of maturing fruit with firm, finely grained tannins and a vibrant acid line through a finish with great length. Drink it now to 2022+."
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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 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. 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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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.