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Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz 2009

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Medium to full red hues, the wine opens with aromas of darkand brooding fruits and spices of plums, cloves, coffee andchocolate, which then leads to the subtle fine aromatics of violets,cherries and raspberries. A wine of depth and richness, this hasthe generosity of plum fruit sweetness and a solid structure. Thestylishly long fine grainy tannin profile completes the packagefor cellaring.

Try with slow roasted lamb shank, roasted parsnips and kipfler potatoes.

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V 94
Vinous
(aged for 20 months in new and used French and American oak casks, with some used Hungarian oak barrels in the mix as well): Lurid ruby. Sexy aromas of cassis, candied licorice, spicecake and toasty oak, along with complicating notes of lavender and cola. Sweet, sappy and broad on the palate, offering juicy black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors that gain energy and spiciness with air. Finishes dense, seamless and sweet, with velvety tannins and a lingering blueberry quality.
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast
Octavius has always been oaky, but over the years the fruit has come into better balance, and the 2009 may be one of the most successful editions yet released. It's dense and impenetrable at first, only slowly yielding hints of plum, mocha and vanilla.
WS 92
Wine Spectator
Rich and ripe, with dense blueberry and dark plum fruit, shaded with cinnamon and white pepper hints as the finish sails on against refined tannins. Drink now through 2021. 100 cases imported.
JS 92
James Suckling
Aromas of blackberries, blueberries and dried cherries. Full body, silky tannins and a fresh, clean finish. Pretty wine. Shows depth and refinement. Old vine wine. Drink now.
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Established in 1849, Yalumba is Australia’s most historic family owned wine company. It remains fiercely independent and extremely progressive through the generational ownership by the Hill-Smith family. Yalumba’s longevity and success is a result of patience, collaboration and progressive thinking. There is foresight to embrace the natural terroir to craft wines with individual character and a sense of purpose, a spirit to reinvest in the land upon which it operates and knowledge to behave as a leader in the industry. It is committed to sharing stories of provenance gathered over more than 168 years of history of family winemaking. Barossa is arguably the single most famous wine region in Australia. Barossa includes both Barossa Valley and Eden Valley, making it one of the only areas in Australia to have neighbouring warm and cool climate growing conditions. Yalumba is privileged to have access to some of the oldest vineyards in the world in Barossa Valley, including 1889 bush vine Grenache and 1908 Shiraz. At the inner sanctum of Coonawarra, on the prized terra rossa soil, lies Yalumba’s Coonawarra estate, The Menzies Vineyard. Comprised predominantly of Cabernet Sauvignon vines, this single vineyard is committed to growing premium quality fruit reflecting distinctive varietal characters of the region. Wrattonbully’s cool climate, plentiful high quality artesian water and well drained terra rossa soils led wine companies to plant large areas of mainly red grape varieties.

At Yalumba we continually strive to reduce our impact on the environment, stay involved in our community, and make great wine with minimal intervention in the vineyard and in the winery. We are committed to sustainable practices, with the belief that the healthier and more biodiverse the vineyards are the better the wines will be. Yalumba has been developing its own sustainable viticulture program since the mid 1990s, promoting the economic production of quality grapes . For every hectare of vineyard we own, we have at least one hectare of native vegetation. Our winemaking philosophy and practice means that our wines are made with the least intervention possible but with as much knowledge, confidence and expertise as possible. We want our wines to show their provenance and natural appellation – whether it be a single site, a variety or blend, or a personal style. At Yalumba we have been making wine utilising ‘wild yeast’ for over 20 years. We believe that the success and consistency that we have with wild ferments is a direct result of healthy biodiverse vineyards. All Yalumba wines are 100% vegan since the 2012 vintage, elevating our wines to a safe and ethical choice. Becoming vegan came from the desire to make wines of conviction that taste of provenance and natural appellation; and that ultimately represent quality.

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The Barossa Zone encompasses the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. Some of the oldest vines in Australia can be found here.

Barossa Valley of course is the most important and famous wine growing region in all of Australia where 140+ year-old, dry-farmed Shiraz vines still produce inky, purple and dense juice for some of Australia's best wines.

In the cooler, wetter Eden Valley sub-region, the Hill of Grace vineyard is home to famous Shiraz vines from the 1800s but the region produces also some of Australia’s very best and age-worthy Rieslings.

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Blends of Southern Rhône, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

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