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Yalumba FDR1A Cabernet/Shiraz 2012

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13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This wine opens with the brooding aromas of dark cassis, then reveals subtle high-tone fresh mints, red fruits and spices and finally the sublime perfumed floral aromatics of violets and sweet cherries. Medium to full bodied, the palate is fine and sophisticated and elegantly layered with dark red currants, black cherry and mulberry fruits.

Blend: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Shiraz

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JH 95
Australian Wine Companion
I imagine the blend records for this wine, first made in '74, have changed little over the intervening years. It's a very interesting wine, a blend of 73% cabernet, 27% shiraz, all from the Eden Valley; its combination of blackcurrant, blackberry and plum all speak of quality.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Crème de cassis, violets, dark chocolate, menthol and cedar open the deep garnet-colored 2012 FDR1A Cabernet Shiraz, which shows just a hint of purple in its color. This blend is medium to full-bodied and structured, showing muscular fruit, great expression and great length.
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Yalumba, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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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.

Barossa Valley

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as 1860. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, purple juice.

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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 enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. 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.

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