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Yalumba FDR1A Cabernet/Shiraz 2008

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Winemaker Notes

A dense crimson red, this wine has distinctive characters of cedar, fresh spices and stalky redcurrants combine with black cherry fruits and black olives. The medium to full-bodied palate is layered with sweet fruit compote and dark fruits. A richly concentrated wine wrapped in a fine package, complete with long, fine grainy tannins. Built to handle at least ten years in the cellar.

Match with char-grilled T-bone steak, chunky fries and hollandaise.

Blend: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Shiraz

Critical Acclaim

ST 92
International Wine Cellar

Ruby-red. Sexy aromas of cherry compote, blackberry, pungent herbs, licorice and incense. Deep, chewy cherry and dark berry flavors are framed by dusty tannins and pick up smoky herbal and tobacco notes with air. The tannins add grip to the long, seductively spicy finish, which echoes the herb and tobacco notes. Showing the cabernet today, and built to age.

JH 92
Australian Wine Companion

Super ripe, super oaky and super concentrated, this wine shows depth and power, rich black fruits, mocha and a completely unevolved personality; the inherent power is undeniable, and on a cold night with a braised dish, may be the perfect tonic.

RP 91
The Wine Advocate

Composed of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Shiraz, the 2008 FDR1A Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz displays a deep garnet-purple color and is very fruit-forward with intense black cherry and warm blackberry aromas plus whiffs of dried Mediterranean herbs and mint. Medium-bodied, crisp and taut on the palate, it gives firm grainy tannins, just enough flesh and a long finish.

WE 91
Wine Enthusiast

A lush blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Shiraz, this is full bodied and a bit jammy at this stage, full of primary blueberry and blackberry fruit framed with cedary oak. The potent finish lingers, suggesting the potential to cellar through 2020 if you have the patience to wait for a more complex, integrated wine. If not, just pop and pour for the upfront fruit.

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Yalumba

Yalumba

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Yalumba, , Australia
Yalumba
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.

Portugal

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Best known for flavorful fortified wines but also producing excellent yet underappreciated dry wines...

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Best known for flavorful fortified wines but also producing excellent yet underappreciated dry wines, Portugal is unique in that it relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to the west on the Iberian Peninsula, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, perhaps due in part to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. Portugal is a long and narrow country, which makes for considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast. With the exception of Port, most Portuguese wines have struggled to garner attention in the international marketplace, perhaps due to the unfamiliar and difficult to pronounce nature of most of its grape varieties and terminology, which means that there are many excellent values to be discovered here by the adventurous consumer. The country is perhaps better known for being the world’s leader in cork production than for its wine.

Port, made in the Douro Valley, is the fortified wine for which Portugal is most famous. The same region also produces full-bodied dry wines made from the same set of grape varieties, which include Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo). The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast. Other dry wines of the mainland include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde of the north, the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão, and the bold, jammy reds of the Alentejo.

Other Red Blends

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from...

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

WBO30097370_2008 Item# 119928

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