Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Aug 26, 2015Vino Fino
Fantastic wines. Fantastic presenter. Jane has been visiting New Zealand for 12+ years and each year we say that her presentation can't be bettered. And each year Jane brings along another view of the world of wine and much more. This year she had a fantastic set of wines to present and some wonderful stories to go with it. She even shared some of her new poetry skills. The 'Queen from room 15' was worth the entry alone! Always a highlight tasting of our year.
Yalumba Eden Valley Roussanne 2013
This Rhone white variety seems to be well suited to the Eden Valley. Yalumba have crafted this into a juicy vinous dry wine that displays orange pith, straw, marzipan/vanilla flavours.
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Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache 2013
Barossa's unsung variety. Grenache sometimes gives lighter fruity wines - not this baby! Whilst it has the typicity of juiciness, this also has a good dense core, the result of a top vintage and 80 year old vines. Chocolate, raspberries and spice and a velvety texture.
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Yalumba The Strapper Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2013
Another wine inspired by the Southern Rhone - these three varieties make up the blends for this region. Grenache gives sweet fragrant fruit, the Shiraz juiciness and the Mataro (Mourvedre) spice and strength. This has a great combination between black fruits, spice and earthy savouriness wrapped into a smooth mouth-filling package. Jane suggests slow-food as the match.
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Yalumba The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
From the excellent 2012 vintage of Coonawarra. This is quite delicious. Plenty of ripe cassis with hints of mushroom. Medium bodied, this lands on the palate all lush and juicy before finishing nice and dry.
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Yalumba The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
The big brother to the previous wine. This comes from the Menzies vineyard in the heart of the Coonawarra. A dark carmine red colour. This reflects the warmer vintage with more berry than cassis. The toasty oak makes its mark on the palate and the full bodied wine finished with quite chalky tannins. Thick and juicy, yet with enough grip and dryness on the finish to remind you that this is Cabernet sauvignon. An excellent release of this iconic wine.
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Yalumba The Patchwork Shiraz 2013
Onto the Shiraz. This sums up the Barossa style in a glassful. Dark fruits, brown sugar and spice, chocolate on a warm, generous palate.
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Yalumba Hand Pick Shiraz Viognier 2012
Modelled on the wines of Northern Rhone, Cote-Rotie in particular. Yalumba have been at the forefront of the Viognier renaissance, not only in Australia, but around the world. This expresses great fruit concentration - thick and juicy with a reminiscence of a forest berry conserve. This fruit sweetness is balanced with spice (anise?), chalky tannins and a long finish.
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Yalumba The Octavius Shiraz 2009
First released in 1988 (as a Cabernet) and originally named after the small oak octaves it was aged in. These days it is much less "oak"tavius. From old vines on some of the best Barossa vineyards - 7 vineyards with age from 60 - 125 year old, tiny yield, gnarly old bush vines. Just releaesed, this is pure and seamless with a core of plum, spice, dried red fruits, red liquorice; thick yet elegant. This is one for the ages.
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Yalumba The Scribbler Cabernet Shiraz 2012
Yalumba are the champions of this great Australian blend. As more old vineyards can be accessed by Yalumba (a benefit of being a 'good neighbour' in the Barossa), the very best can be ascribed to the Signature and a cut made for this, Signature's sibling. Whilst the Shiraz sets the scene, the Cabernet rumbles in the background giving an edge to the wine. It does seem quite complete.
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Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz 2012
The 2012 Signature is Robert Hill-Smith whose stewardship of Yalumba over the past 27+ years has seen it emerge as one of Australia's best family run wineries. This is a fitting tribute to him, being what is surely one of the best Signature's released, topping even Jane's own Signature year the 2010 (there was no 2011). A deep carmine, blood red colour. This has a meaty, chacuterie quality amongst its dense, power-packed, mouth-coating palate. A stunning Signature befitting the "boss".
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