Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz 2012
Yalumba was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith, British migrant and English brewer, who had brought his family to Angaston seeking a new life. After purchasing a 30-acre parcel of land just beyond the southern-eastern boundary of Angaston, Smith and his son began planting the first vines by moonlight. Samuel named his patch "Yalumba" – aboriginal for "all the land around". Five generations and 160 years later Yalumba, Australia's oldest family owned winery, has grown in sizeand stature, embodying all that has made the Australian wine success story the envy of winemakers the world over.
Beginning with the 1962 vintage, The Signature wines of Yalumba have saluted the very best of the vintage. They also have acknowledged the skills and dedicated service of people who have enhanced the traditions and culture of Yalumba. The Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blend is a distinctively Australian style, and The Signature has set the benchmark for this iconic style, drawing heavily on Yalumba's great Barossa resource of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vineyards. Deep and intense, the wine displays full palate weight with powerful fruit and soft American oak which was hand-coopered at Yalumba - a wine made for longevity, very much The Signature style.
A seductively aromatic wine, this is one of the very best Signatures. Opening with very cool, bright and almost fresh menthol aromas that merge with red currant fruits, tobacco leafy notes and cedary spices all supported with fine violet and cherry florals.
Spent 20 months in high quality French, Hungarian and American oak barrels made in Yalumba's own onsite cooperage. This is one of the richest and most opulent vintages of The Signature in the 41 years since the first was made. While the blackcurrant and blackberry fruit flavours dominate the oak, the wine has a certain elegant juiciness that offers drinking at any stage over the next 20+ years, as the tannins are supple and fine, the overall balance perfect. Rating: 96 Points; Drink by: 2032; Price: $53.00; Date Tasted: March 2014; Alcohol: 13.5%; James Halliday Wine Companion
Classic blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. Matured in French, Hungarian and American oak.
Rich but tightly held. Dense blackcurrant, mocha, boysenberry and blackberry flavours, slipped with spicy/smoky oak and tobacco-like notes. Not lacking in either density or elegance. Juicy through the finish. Fine, complex tannin. Cork permitting, it should mature beautifully. Rating: 95 Points; Drink: 2017-2025; Price: $50; Date Tasted: Dec 2014; Alcohol: 13.5%; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
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