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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Jul 27, 2016
Vino Fino

From the Tastings: Yalumba with Jane Ferrari

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Our favourite wine presenter. Every year we wonder what stories Jane will bring. This year Jane lamented that she didn't have much new to tell us.... and then she was away. Jane's knowledge of Yalumba and the Barossa is intertwined with her wit and observations on the the world and her travels. Like all good story tellers, she observes those things in life that most of us miss.
Jane was thrown a curve ball just before the tasting when the line up of wines had to be changed at the last minute - some wines had been air freighted to us and with Jane's extensive wine knowledge, she knew these would not be up to being tasted, so they were withdrawn. Jane didn't miss a beat and saw this as an opportunity to include wines from the wider Yalumba portfolio. As it transpired, this was a bonus in not only the wines we tasted, but also for Jane to include stories from outside the Yalumba label.

Always entertaining, we look forward to Jane's return next year! 


 Vino Fino


Our favourite wine presenter. Every year we wonder what stories Jane will bring. This year Jane lamented that she didn't have much new to tell us.... and then she was away. Jane's knowledge of Yalumba and the Barossa is intertwined with her wit and observations on the the world and her travels. Like all good story tellers, she observes those things in life that most of us miss.
Jane was thrown a curve ball just before the tasting when the line up of wines had to be changed at the last minute - some wines had been air freighted to us and with Jane's extensive wine knowledge, she knew these would not be up to being tasted, so they were withdrawn. Jane didn't miss a beat and saw this as an opportunity to include wines from the wider Yalumba portfolio. As it transpired, this was a bonus in not only the wines we tasted, but also for Jane to include stories from outside the Yalumba label.

Always entertaining, we look forward to Jane's return next year! 


 Vino Fino



Jansz NV             
From Tasmania, Jansz are part of the Yalumba stable. An almost equal blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, aged on lees for 2 years before disgorging. This current release is tasting excellently. A pale lemony colour, this is reflected in the taste which is like fresh lemon infused brioche.  
Retail $27.99 Special $23.99

Pewsey Vale Riesling 2015           
From the single site Pewsey Vale vineyard in the hills of the Eden Valley that continues to be the source of some of Australia's best Rieslings. This tastes of ripe fruits - almost tropical. It is virtually bone dry, yet with only 12% alcohol so it tastes almost delicate, with white flowers  and ripe, almost tropical fruits. Juicy yet with soft acids. As a young wine this seems much less aggressive and toasty marmalade than earlier releases.
Retail $25.99 Special $22.99

Yalumba Eden Valley Rousanne 2014        

Like Viognier, this is also a Rhô‚Äčne white wine variety. Often blended with another Rhone variety, Marsanne. Here Yalumba have it at as a single vairety. Although typically low in acidity, Yalumba add richness to the palate by extended battonage (lees stirring in the barrel) to give an extra sense of weight. This is peach fleshy, with a panacotta creamy silkiness and savoury almond meal. The flavours are like dessert, but the taste is dry. Perfect with Asian inspired dishes (it will handle chilli really well) or mushroom risotto.
Retail $25.99 Special $22.99

The Virgilius Viognier 2014          
Yalumba are credited as being the savours of this Northern Rhone white variety. Planting their first vines in 1980 when there were just 32ha of it planted in the whole world, Yalumba have since championed the variety  and it is now recognised around the world as a serious variety. Yalumba's 35+ years of experience is now really starting to bear. The lessons have been learnt and applied and this 2014 is really the culmination of that. All the bold Viognier flavours - apricot, honeysuckle - have been held in check and the textural elements expanded whilst still being trim and very elegant. An excellent wine and probably the best Virgilius produced.

Retail $55.99 Special $44.99

Old Bush Vine Grenache 2014    
The old bush vines of Barossan Grenache are a treasure. This is produced from 30-100+ year old vines from around the Barossa and whilst Grenache dosen't offer the same colour saturation as Shiraz, the flavour factor is high. In the glass the colour is an almost transparent ruby/pink. Obviously fruity, this offers red fruits, some spice and understated tannins and acidity whilst avoiding the cherry/cola flavours of many Australian Grenache. Flavours and drinkability are the heroes here. 

Retail $23.99 Special $19.99

Running With The Bulls Tempranillo 2014             
Also part of the 
Yalumba stable, this is a Barossan take on the wine variety of Spain's Rioja. Quite dark and deep in colour, this is juicy, plump, vibrant with red berry, nutmeg spice, a hint of meat - 'En boca es complejo y carnoso'.  The oak is subtle and it is quite a joy to drink.  
Retail $28.99 Special $22.99

The Scribbler Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2013    
The 'baby' Signature, sharing the same bloodline, pedigree and winemaking expertise and showcasing the unique Barossa Cabernet Shiraz blend. This shows the strength and power of the 2013 vintage. Dark in colour, there is a sense of power in this wine even before you taste it. The Cabernet (59%) is quite apparent with cassis, blackcurrant and mint, then the roundness of the Shiraz fills the palate. This is quite a chunky and concentrated wine and although obviously youthful it gives a lot of drinking pleasure for the price. 

Retail $24.99 Special $20.99

Paradox Shiraz 2013       
A relatively recent addition to Yalumba's portfolio (the first vintage we stocked was 2010),  this new 2013 is as Jane described.. 'a monster on a chain'. The fruit is sourced mainly from the old vine Ebenezner vineyard in the Moppa sub-region of the Northern Barossa, naturally fermented in large open top fermenters before aging in large 500l French oak puncheons. This is a dense purple/crimson red colour. Aromas show black fruits, anise, black-forest chocolate. A big tasting wine that fills the palate, yet the tannins remain fine.
Retail $34.99 Special $26.99

The Octavius Shiraz 2012 
The new 2012 is the most finessed and elegant Octavius I've tasted. Gone is the big oaky style of the past. This is very fine wine indeed. All the Barossa flavour descriptors can be used here - black fruits, mocha, spice, fruit cake, chocolate, leather... The palate is dense yet elegant with fine dusty tannins and a silky, round, mouth coating texture. Obviously an excellent vintage and a wine for the ages.              
Retail $109.99 Special $89.99

Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 
From the famed Menzies vineyard in the Coonawarra. Ripe cassis and blackcurrant are the flavours of the day, with a hint of mint and spice.  Although aged for 22 months in French oak (28% new) the oak is very well integrated into the wine providing more feel than taste. Judging by the orders this wine was extremely popular! 
Retail $32.99 Special $24.99