82% Cabernet Sauvignon & 18% Shiraz
Winery notes (2014 Vintage)
"The Caley has been sourced from three outstanding vineyards in the Coonawarra and Barossa regions. The D block of the Yalumba Coonawarra vineyard provides 82% of the Cabernet Sauvignon of the blend. This 2.7ha plot was planted in 1992 with clones of Cabernet Sauvignon selected for structure and depth of flavour. This block differs from the ubiquitous Coonawarra terroir, with a higher content of clay than the other blocks on The Menzies Estate. The Caley’s 18% Shiraz component was sourced from two Barossa blocks. The first from the Crown Village old Shiraz vineyard planted in 1974, located on Krondorf road in the foothills of the eastern Barossa ranges. The second block is the Horseshoe Vineyard, found on the southern side of the Yalumba winery in Eden Valley. This block, planted by Helen Hill-Smith in 1971, follows the contours around the Fred Caley Smith Hut.
The Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz parcels were fermented separately, using wild yeasts to initiate fermentation and contribute complexity, richness and fine texture. Cultured winery yeast was then added to complete fermentation. Gentle plunging of the skins was undertaken to achieve the right balance of colour, tannin and phenolic extraction. The Caley was matured for 20 months in 40% new French barriques with the balance in seasoned French barriques. The barrels were all crafted and seasoned at the Yalumba Cooperage. Once bottled on 20th January 2016, the wine was cellared for a further 36 months and released in July 2019.
Aromas are bright, intriguing, fine and complex. A touch of currants, leaf and herb followed by cool, fresh spices, iodine and cedar. A mouthful of richness, texture and depth, yet cool with a line of Coonawarra peppermint. The acidity and fine tannins show their support and precision. Built to spend many years in the cellar, The Caley takes time to reveal its true character. The wine will drink beautifully in 5-30 years plus. If opened as a younger wine we recommend double decanting prior to serving with a slow roasted rack of veal, rubbed with sea-salt, rosemary and garlic, served with roast potatoes, carrots, parsnips and steamed green vegetables."
96/100 Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast, January 2020 (2014 Vintage)
"This is Yalumba's most premium wine, and it's easy to see why. It blends Coonawarra Cabernet with Barossa Shiraz for a classy, complex wine that could be drunk over the next few years with lengthy time in decanter, but will really blossom over the next decade or even two. Once exposed to oxygen, it starts to reveal a plethora of enticing aromas, from bushels of red and black fruits to dark chocolate and coffee beans; from iodine to dried mint and tobacco. The palate is big yet focused, seamlessly melding the forest fruit with the earthy, dried herbal notes and oak spice, all supported by powerful, leathery tannins. Drink 2021–2039."
Reviews for the 2013 vintage below…
5 Stars & 98/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, September 2019 (2013 Vintage)
"Combining supreme sophistication and lavish opulence, this flatteringly classy wine shows Black Doris plum, blackberry, sweet raspberry, a hint of violet, toasted spice and cedary oak characters on the nose, leading to a concentrated palate that exhibits exceptional depth and power, while remaining harmonious and classically structured. A symphonic offering with multi-layered mouthfeel and silky texture, gorgeously framed by polished chalky tannins, finishing impressively long and irresistibly graceful. 2013 The Caley is a blend of 55% Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon and 45% Barossa shiraz. At its best: 2023 to 2043."
97/100 James Halliday's Wine Companion, January 2018 (2013 Vintage)
"A beautiful wine in all respects, its heart soft and generous, its head stern and serious, the combination as complete as it is complex. It tastes of an assortment of red and black berries, tobacco and cloves, with tremendously well integrated smoky oak and plenty of tang, tannin, flavour and run through the finish. An exhibition in both power and elegance. Cork Permitting, it will mature gloriously."
19.5+/20 Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, October 2018 (2013 Vintage)
"2013 is a powerhouse, with density, structure and presence, but it is not a heavy wine! Instead, this is a cerebral, through-provoking number with layer upon layer of savoury, noble fruit. The differences between the yin and yang of these two vintages is also evident in the blend. 2012 was made of 79% Cabernet (of which 27% was Barossan and the lion’s share was from Coonawarra) and 21% Barossa Shiraz. In 2013 KG marries 55% Coonawarra Cabernet with 45% Barossa Shiraz. This is a more ‘historical-Aussie-claret-shaped’ wine and the extra splash of Barossa Shiraz helps to bring flesh to the upright, masterful Cabernet. Drink 2021 – 2050."
95+/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, September 2018 (2013 Vintage)
"So much going on here, a wine definitively in the zone of ‘complex’ but also ‘seamless’ and quietly ‘powerful’ and for sure ‘long, regal, refined’, and if you like bold, powerful red wines that hold tight and true, then you’re in the zone of a ‘serious’ wine. The flavour rolls distinctly and densely across the palate but feels lifted and tightened with chew of ropes of tannin. Freshness is inherent too. All dark fruits, tobacco, earth, clove and cedar – a seamless mesh. It’s a very, very good wine for its ilk and an emphatic statement about Yalumba, on many levels."