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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
Vino Fino

From the Tastings Yalumba

With Jane Ferrari Read More
With Jane Ferrari

Such is Yalumba's Jane Ferrari's popularity we took this tasting off-site to the George Hotel.  Jane is such a fantastic ambassador for Yalumba wines, encapsulating Yalumba's values, philosophies and the simple enjoyment of wine. Yalumba this year celebrate 165 years, Australia's oldest winery and still in family ownership. But the great thing about Yalumba is that although they value and cherish the history, they are also one of Australia's most innovative wineries.

Tonight we had a superb line-up of wines from top vintages and the highlight really was the Signature 2010, dedicated this year to Jane herself. Assigned one of the best vintages of Signature this is a real honour to Jane from Yalumba. And of course the stories... Jane's recollections of meeting Sam Neill was memorable.

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2013
Is it just me, or is Australian Riesling making a comeback? Following a brilliant 2012 release, this also exceeds expectations. Dry, but with ripe citrus fruit flavours. A mouth watering style and best of all, you can enjoy this now or forget about it for years in a cellar. Pewsey Vale is part of the Yalumba group.
Retail $26.99 Special $20.99

Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2012
The white variety that Yalumba have made their own and the recent releases have shown what the variety is capable of. Fresh and refined with gingernut, jasmine, orange blossom flavours. There is a delicacy to this wine that most other producers struggle to achieve. It is a great food wine, especially Asian inspired dishes.
Retail $28.99 Special $22.99

Yalumba Old Bush Vine Barossa Grenache 2012
The light garnet red colour leads the nose to a myriad of aromatic, dare I say  - pastille/confectionery flavours. The guys came up with the description of it being constructed like a Jaffa - a ball of meaty, lamb & rosemary surrounded by chocolate with a red berry coating. I think Heston Blumenthal would be quite proud of a creation like this! It is deliciously light on its feet. We sell a lot of Spanish Grenache, this is a fantastic alternative.
Retail $24.99 Special  $18.99

Yalumba The Strapper Barossa Grenache Shiraz Mataro (Mourvedre) 2012
We have been fans of this wine since the first release in 2010, but we'd have to say that this is the best yet. Celebrating the Barossa Old Vines with a tradition Rhone blend, this is darkly coloured  with brooding dark fruit, spice and vague savoury meaty aromas. On the palate it is smooth and flowing - no pain here and there is even a suggestion of supple leatheriness. 
Retail $24.99 Special  $18.99

Yalumba The Menzies Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Jane describes this as the "Elvis come-back special". Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon has fallen from fashionable favour a bit in recent years, but a lot of work in the vineyard, winery and a fantastic vintage have combined to make this an outstanding release.  A nice dark colour with a combination of plum and cassis aromas, there is no doubting that this is quality Cabernet, in fact world class. 
Retail $54.99 Special  $39.99

Yalumba The Signature Barossa Cabernet Shiraz 2010
What more can we say? A very fitting wine to be designated as Jane's Signature. Jane describes it as "big and ballsy ... it's a keeper". Or least I think she was talking about the wine. Or was it Sam Neil? The word also is that the wine has sold out in from the winery and NZ's allocation is fast disappearing!
Retail $56.99 Special  $49.99

Yalumba The Patchwork Barossa Shiraz 2012
Oh, welcome back. After a lesser 2011, this is classic Barossa Shiraz through and through. Dark purple colour and dark purple fruits. Spice, chocolate, fine tannins and globby, mouth-filling richness.  Again the silky texture. Yalumba are on song with this one.
Retail $24.99 Special  $18.99

Yalumba The Octavius Barossa Shiraz 2008
A bit of a show stopper. A big wine from a big vintage - as one reviewer says .. "not just a wine for a big occasion. It is the occasion". You can throw all the Barossa Shiraz descriptors at this one. Rich, deep, dark fruits with lashings of spiced oak - big and grunty. One for the generations.  
Retail $110.00 Special  $82.00

Yalumba Octavius Barossa Shiraz 2006
This has developed into a special wine, displaying integrated aged characters - baking spices, dried fruits, finesse with a combination of subtlety and power.  Coming after the powerful 2008 this seemed more 'delicate', but trying it again the following day the power was obvious. There is a mass of oak here, but you just don't taste it  Although developing nicely there is no hurry to drink this. Another 10 -15 years would be fine.
Retail $110.00 Special  $82.00

Yalumba FSW8B Wrattonbully Botrytis Viognier 2012
Even though it is a Botrytis wine, this tastes more late harvest with floral, apricot notes. Not cloyingly sweet, there is a natural balance here. We sold a lot of this!
Retail $32.99 Special  $22.99

A powerful line-up and judging by sales afterwards, everyone had a favourite somewhere across the range. We look forward to Jane's return!