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Yalumba The Signature Cabernet/Shiraz 2002

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Winemaker Notes

Beginning with the 1962 vintage, "The Signature"wines of Yalumba have saluted the very best ofthe vintage. They also have acknowledged theskills and dedicated service of people who haveenhanced the traditions and culture of Yalumba.The 2002 vintage release honours Rhonda Sexton, Key Account Sales Manager in the Victorian branch office.

The Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz blend is adistinctively Australian style, and The Signaturehas set the benchmark for this iconic style, drawing heavily on Yalumba's great Barossaresource of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shirazvineyards. Deep and intense - a wine made forlongevity, very much "The Signature" style.

Yalumba The Signature Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2002 is a dense, plum red color, that abounds with dark brooding aromas of black fruits, plum and currants, with suggestions of licorice and spice tightly interwoven with creamy oak. Long smooth and silky flavors fill the plump concentrated palate. Powerful but restrained, the wine finishes with a mouthful of fine layered tannins.

"..exhibits smoky, blackberry, incense, charcoal, and floral characteristics along with tremendous glycerin, richness, purity, and teeth-staining levels of extract. Remarkably, there are no hard edges, and the acidity, tannin, and alcohol are beautifully integrated. This cuvee should drink well for 15 years."
-Wine Advocate

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RP 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-brick colored, the 2002 The Signature (Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz) reveals notes of crème de cassis, menthol, spice box, dried Mediterranean herbs and beef drippings with hints of leather and cigar boxes. Rich, multi-layered, spicy and solidly structured, this medium to full-bodied beauty packs in the fruit, finishing long and savory.
JH 93
Australian Wine Companion
W&S 92
Wine & Spirits
Ripe cabernet sauvignon (56 percent) lends tobacco high notes to this blend, while the bright spice of shiraz brings it to a close. It's floral and brisk with mineral-inflected tannin that keeps it clearly delineated. Serve with thick-cut lamb chops.
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Yalumba

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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 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.

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