Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"With more than 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.
Made from a collection of gnarled old bush vine vineyards planted from 1929 – 1972, these vineyards produce small quantities of fruit with a high concentration of flavours. Each parcel of fruit has individuality, creating intriguing complexity. A range of terroir can be seen across the different vineyards, from sandy soils and loam to red-brown earth over red clay.
Bright aromas of raspberries, pomegranates and a hint of violet are followed by cedar aromas that meld into a savoury complexity. The medium depth palate is finely textured, flavourful and elegant with red juiciness that merges into a long velvety finish."
5 Stars & 93/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, March 2022 (2020 Vintage)
"Beautifully ripe and delightfully expressed with sweet cherry, plum, floral, thyme and almond notes, it's succulent and plump in the mouth displaying elegant flow and silky tannins. Varietally pure and splendidly styled. At its best: now to 2027."
92/100 Cameron Douglas MS, April 2020 (2020 Vintage)
"Aromas of plum and some white pepper, rose and red currant, some baking spice and clay qualities, mild oak and youthful complexity. On the palate – delicious, fresh, fruity and dry. Flavours of plums and red apple, red currant and fine oak vanilla flavours add complexity and depth. A decent acid line highlights a whisper of salinty and minerality leading back to flavours of red fruits. Balanced and well made in a ready to drink expression. Best from 2022 through 2027."
Reviews for the 2019 vintage below…
91/100 Sarah Ahmed, Decanter, November 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Old bush vines from contract growers as well as 'younger’ Tri-Centenary Vineyard vines from 1929 bring a strong regional and varietal stamp to this medium-bodied Grenache. It reveals vivid red berry aromas of raspberry pips and cherry but with a light prick of tannin and rose petal, anise, sandalwood and a lick of mint, it is complex, not just fruity. A kirsch note warms the finish, overtaking the detail a little, but there's lots to like."
90/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, July 2019 (2019 Vintage)
"It feels fluid and fresh but it’s the run of fruit-sweet flavour flowing through the palate that really defines the wine. Red liquorice and earth, peppercorn and rust characters rush through the palate in attractive style, before finishing dry. Sweet then dry, fruity then warm. It’s an easy wine to like."