Winery notes (2018 Vintage)
"The fragrance is saturated with brooding plum red fruits, dark cherries and perfumed berries. This is a defined wine showing the richness and concentration of the vintage. The palate is richly textured, fleshy, round and supple, with a red juiciness that merges into velvety tannins.
All batches of Bush Vine Grenache are crushed as separate parcels to either static pumpover fermenters or open top fermenters. The majority of batches are fully destemmed, however for some the stems are left on to contribute another flavour dimension. The wild yeasts present on the grape skins are allowed to initiate fermentation. Particular batches are selected to remain on skins post-fermentation. This extended maturation helps to contribute an even greater complexity and individuality to the wine. After draining and pressing off skins, all batches are racked into older American, French and Hungarian hogsheads for six months maturation.
With 170 years of unbroken independence, Yalumba continues to make wine at its founder’s home estate under direction of the same family today. Samuel’s Collection honours Yalumba’s founder Samuel Smith, his spirit of independence and conviction to invest in the land and make great wine."
91/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, July 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"Juicy raspberry, floral, spice, almond. Fresh, a little bitter herb, but ample red fruit of subdued sweetness, nuts and fine tannin, good finish. Easy appeal and great drinking."
91/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"This is delightfully composed and elegantly expressed, showing sweet raspberry, cherry, vanilla and game characters on the nose, leading to a juicy palate that is bright and refreshing. The wine offers pinot noir-like refinement and flow, making it immediately appealing. At its best: now to 2024."
91/100 Cameron Douglas MS, March 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"Very fragrant and uplifting bouquet of fresh red berry fruits, roses and red fruit tea, some spice and soft clay earthy moments. Fresh, fruity, crunchy textured wine with flavours of cherries and plums, red apple and roses. Very fine fruit tannins and refreshing acid line. A very well made wine with a simple yet refreshing finish. Drink now and through 2021. Delicious!"