Paradox: A person or thing made up of contradictory elements.
Made as a slightly different style for the Barossa, as Yalumba say. The Paradox is not what you might expect from a wine from the northern Barossa. It’s not the high octane, lots of new oak stereotypical northern Barossa Shiraz, but rather a softer, more gentle velvet-like and savoury style of wine. It's a style that seems to suit the Kiwi palate perfectly and over the past few vintages, this has been one of our top selling Shiraz. This new vintage release 2018 has just arrived and even more than usual, is a great combination between the sweet plummy Barossan Shiraz fruit and the brooding savoury, meaty flavours. Plush and warming on the palate. This is seriously sexy!
Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"As you might expect from its name, the Paradox Shiraz is not what you would expect from a wine from the warmest parts of the northern Barossa Valley. It's a softer, more gentle, velvet-like and savoury style of wine.
Crimson red in colour. An alluring bouquet of wild fennel, boysenberry and rose petals, surrounded in subtle notes of smoky oak. A generous palate with loads of boysenberry, chocolate and plum cake. The wine has a silky texture and finishes with velvet-like tannins, making it a delight to drink."
Rated Excellent & 94/100 Cameron Douglas MS, March 2022 (2018 Vintage)
"There’s a core of fruit, spice and oak that demand attention with the first nose of this wine – aromas of dark berries and baked raspberry, black currant, dark spices and toasty, sweet-scented barrel. Violets and plums follow along with clove and vanilla then baked clay earthy qualities. Very expressive on the palate with fruit, oak, five-spice and liquorice all revealing their charms at the same time. Firm, ripe tannins, medium+ acidity and a complex layered lengthy finish. Excellent drinking today and through+."
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, March 2022 (2018 Vintage)
"A stylish offering filled with delectable flavours, it’s complex and fragrant with blackberry, toasted spice, cedar, a hint of cocoa and tapenade nuances, combined with a concentrated palate offering terrific fruit richness as well as seductive savoury notes, finishing persistent and velvety. At its best: now to 2032."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
4 Stars Cuisine Australian Shiraz Tasting, June 2021 (2017 Vintage)
"Entirely from grapes grown in the northern Barossa, this is nevertheless (as the name suggests), not your usual full-throttle jammy rendition of that terroir. An intriguingly complex and nuanced wine with sweet blackcurrant and blueberry balancing some winemaking funk, the oak is well-measured on this velvet-textured, relatively restrained Barossa shiraz."
95/100 & Top 5 Gourmet Traveller Barossa Shiraz Tasting, June 2018 (2015 Vintage)
"2015 Yalumba Paradox is beginning to show development, which is adding complexity to its red fruits and spices. The flavours are rich, yet typically of Yalumba reds, the wine has a stylish balance and leaves the mouth fresh. “A rich bouquet,” Bennie said. “Ripe plum, choc-liquorice, sage, coffee grounds, Bonox and bergamot tea. Enticing, Barossa 101 scents. Concentrated, yet fresh to taste, inky berries, ferrous tannins, more tea-like character and liquid minerality to finish. Structured yet svelte, this feels like a serious wine, a touch elegant, yet with the brute lurking beneath."
5 Stars & 95/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, January 2017 (2015 Vintage)
"Dense, rich shiraz with sweet, ripe plum, black currant, violet, liquorice and nutty oak flavours. A supremely elegant wine with succulent sweet fruit perfectly restrained by fine tannins. Plenty of cellaring potential."