This Shiraz Cabernet is part of the, soon to be released, ‘Samuel’s Collection’ range also consisting of a Barossa Shiraz, Barossa Bush Vine Grenache, Barossa Grenache Shiraz Mataro, Eden Valley Viognier, Eden Valley Chardonnay and Eden Valley Roussanne. Sporting a very classy new label featuring the Yalumba Clocktower, the Collection “…celebrates the legacy established by Samuel Smith 170 years ago when he planted some of Australia’s first grape vines here in Barossa,” says Nicky Gameau, executive director of marketing for Yalumba.
This may seem an odd way to start a review, however when I sat down with a drop of this in my glass intending to write some notes about it, I got to thinking; had I ever had a Yalumba wine I outright didn’t like. Before I even took a sip of this one I decided to have a good think about it while going through the range wines on the Yalumba website Considering I have been lucky enough to have tried a few of their wines over the years, I could not recall one that I wouldn’t buy again.
Terrific colour! The nose is just as terrific with beautiful aromas of a mix of red and black berries and just a hint of oak poking through. The palate is simply gorgeous. It’s rich, it’s generous, it’s lush, it’s fruitful and I think I’m in love! After a bit of time in the glass and with a bit of air swirled through it, the abundant fruit (consisting of blackberries, plums and blueberries) swallowed up the 14.5% alcohol and touch of oak easily. Add the fine, soft tannins and the result is a beautifully balanced, very approachable, youthful wine with a bright future.
Region: Barossa Valley, SA Price: $28 Source: A generous mate