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79% Cabernet Sauvignon & 21% Shiraz
Winery notes (2012 Vintage)
“The Caley brings together the linear elegance, firm tannins and persistent acid structure of Coonawarra Cabernet with the voluptuous, textural richness of Barossa Shiraz. The Caley Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz is the pinnacle of a long winemaking journey of excellence.
Deep garnet red in colour, fruit is at the core of the bouquet, all red and black currants – overlaid with savoury herbs, green spices, cedar and pipe tobacco. The palate is of sophisticated precision with a refined line. Long and textured it captures the concentrated flavours and presents them with a silken grace. Under all that supple, fleshy muscle, the wine has a strong spine, structured to last and last.”
5 Stars & 100/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2012 (2012 Vintage)
“Exquisitely composed, perfectly poised and impeccably structured, this is an exceptional wine that wine lovers of Yalumba have been waiting for 168 years. The compelling bouquet shows dark fruit, cocoa, clove, bay leaf, almond and violet aromas with nuances of black olive and truffle. The oak infusion is discreet and seamless. It is concentrated and beautifully weighted on the palate, and exhibits silky texture, fleshy mouthfeel and loads of fine, polished tannins. The wine is pristine, yet spectacularly complex, and flows effortlessly through the palate, gradually expanding to a gloriously long, engaging finish. 2012 The Caley is a blend of Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon and Barossa shiraz, matured in new and seasoned French oak barrels for 22 months. At its best: 2022 to 2042.”
5 Stars & 20/20 Raymond Chan, August 2017 (2012 Vintage)
“Black-red colour with a near impenetrable heart and youthful purple hues. The nose is very frim with intense, ripe, but vibrant and youthfully lively aromas of blackcurrant fruit with cassis liqueur, liquorice, spices and black plum nuances. Layers of aromatics unfold with sweetly ripe black fruit detail, spices and refined oak. On palate the vibrancy and vitality of the fruit is the feature, with sweetly rich, lusciously ripe and gorgeously layers flavours of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, along with succulent plum, spice, liquorice and chocolate notes. The mouthfeel is exceptionally vibrant and expressed with great energy, the fruit underlined by very fine-grained, flowery tannin structure. There is still much to resolve, but this has incredible balance and accessibility The wine flows with drive, energy, vibrancy, intensity and finesse. A statement wine of great finesse, interest and intensity. 20 years possible 52% Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon from the ‘Ming D’ block, 27% Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon, and 21% Barossa Shiraz from the Burgemeister ‘Link Block’ with Eden Valley fruit, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 22 months in 31% new French barriques and hogsheads. 5,900 bottles made.”
98/100 James Halliday’s Wine Companion (2012 Vintage)
“52% Coonawarra cabernet, 27% Barossa cabernet and 21% Barossa shiraz, open-fermented with wild yeast (three days) then cultured yeast. Bright, deep crimson-purple; the bouquet instantly semaphores a glorious profusion of cassis, blackberry and black cherry fruits, flavours which are precisely mirrored by the palate. But it’s the way this beautiful wine caresses the mouth that is so special, the tannins polished, the oak judged to perfection.”
96+/100 Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (2012 Vintage)
“This is the first vintage of Yalumba’s new Cabernet/Shiraz-based flagship wine. Deep garnet in colour, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz The Caley offers expressive baked blackberries, cherry cordial and blackcurrant jelly notes with suggestions of Chinese five spice, cedar and anise. The palate is built like a brick house, delivering a solid structure of firm, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness to support and complement the voluptuous, full-bodied flesh. It offers a very long, layered finish with lingering exotic spice and black berry preserves notes. Give it 3-5 more years in bottle and drink it over the next twenty-five.”
94+/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, August 2017 (2012 Vintage)
“The wine is sourced from the large tract of Yalumba Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon vines, and several ‘old vine’ shiraz sources of the Barossa Valley. Good DNA, great winemaking nous from understated but excellent talent of Kevin Glastonbury. There’s plenty of boxes ticked, right up to Yalumba’s confidence and track record with the blend.
Decidedly elegant, sweet fruited, medium weight, svelte and long red wine. It shows hallmark blue fruits, bayleaf, salty acidity, green herbs of cabernet sauvignon, but the sweet, concentrated, ripe, vanilla-choc-dipped berry fruitiness of Barossa shiraz melts through. It stains the palate with ripe flavours, sweet molten spice, soft, supple tannins. The wine is controlled, lingers, feels finessed, preened and fine. There’s a splash of tang to close, but you know that will ebb away with time, which this wine feels it needs. There’s undoubted elegance here. Enthusiasts should be satisfied.”
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