Let's get serious with Yalumba

Today we are looking at Yalumba – one of the Barossa’s oldest winemaking families.  If you’ve ever had the privilege of going to the stately winery in Angaston, it is impossible not to feel the history of the place – it’s palpable.  Every level of the company is run with an air of fanaticism and loyalty that is an absolute marvel to witness, and Samuel Smith & Sons the parent company, remains to this day a wholly family owned company.

Yalumba, Patchwork Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2014

“From one of the Barossa’s oldest winemaking families, comes an unmissable, great value Barossa Valley Shiraz.  2014 vintage was typified by challenging curveballs and unpredictable weather patterns, but overall produced wines of complexity, balance, and dare I say it – finesse.  Yields were down on 2013, but quality was up, so snatch up the 2014’s while you can. Purple/ garnet in colour, crushed pepper, blackberry, mulberries and poached raspberry.  The palate is bright and yet intense – powerfully fruit driven, good structure, acidity and length.  There is a creaminess here.  This is classic Barossa – blueberries, crushed black pepper, full red berry on the mid palate, and a long spicy finish.  Structured and round.  Awesome value for money.  Perfect for the rainy weekend ahead…92 points and $23”

100% Shiraz

Yalumba, The Scribbler Cabernet Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2012

“The Scribbler is often seen as the baby brother to the iconic Signature Cab Shiraz.  There’s nothing more Australian than this blend, and doubly so from the Barossa, the birthplace of the Cab Shiraz. 2012 was an exceptional vintage, producing high quality, well balanced wines that have been internationally lauded by wine press. Deep and dense in colour, the cabernet playing a huge role here.  Cassis, freshly turned earth, blackberry, leather, hints of cedar – it’s clear to see why this is a blend, with each variety so complementing the other.  Balanced and rich, the 5 years of age has mellowed out the mouthfeel and tannins, meaning this is a plush, spicy, silky and deeply satisfying wine. Perfect for the cooler weather. Cassis, blueberry, raspberry, crushed pepper spice, hints of licorice, smooth tannins and great intensity.  For a $23 wine, this is hard to go past. 93 points”

54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Shiraz

Yalumba, The Signature Cabernet Shiraz 2013

“The 2013 vintage in the Barossa valley will be remembered as the driest, earliest and quickest vintage in memory.” (Barossa Grape & Wine Association)  The quality from the vintage has been strong across the board, and this is no exception.  Each year, the Yalumba wine company dedicates The Signature to someone of significance – this vintage, it is Andrew Murphy Director of Wine at Yalumba.  The first thing I notice about this wine is that it is absolutely plush, concentrated and complete… this kind of flavour only comes from the Barossa.  Steeped in blackcurrant, ripe red berries, silky tannins and great structure.  The Hungarian and American oak provide a softness, a sweetness, a roundness to the wine.  This is delicious now, but if you can hold onto it, will develop into a stately wine over many years to come.  95 points, $65”