Winery notes (2016 Vintage)
"The Caley is the pinnacle of a long winemaking journey of excellence, that rightfully honours Yalumba’s most adventurous son, Fred Caley Smith. A blend of 71% Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Barossa Shiraz, The Caley is a classic marriage of two noble varieties and two great Australian wine regions.
The Caley was matured for 21 months in 25% new Yalumba coopered French barriques, with the balance in 2 year and older French barriques. Once bottled on 2 May 2018, the wine was hidden away in our marble cellars for a further 36 months, and released on 1 June 2021.
Very deep, dense red. Typical Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon aromas: Bright florals, cherry, oyster shell, leafy stalks then into red currant. The palate reveals a very defined wine, cool and inviting. Medium to full depth with a densely layered structure and warmth delivering a prominent yet silky tannin profile."
99/100 Tyson Stelzer, James Halliday's Wine Companion (2016 Vintage)
"Yalumba began blending Coonawarra cabernet with Barossa shiraz more than a half century ago. This is one of the greatest expressions of this great Australian blend of recent decades. Perfect, compact, fragrant blackcurrant and blackberry fruit depth pauses time as it hovers motionless for minutes, propelled by the most intricate, chalk mineral framework of perfectly interlocked fruit and French oak tannins. A vintage to hark back to for another half century yet. Drink by 2066."
98/100 James Suckling Top 100 Wines of 2020 (2016 Vintage)
"This has a very impressive sense of composure, offering a very attractive, cedary and floral nose with deep violets and a wealth of forest wood, bracken and blueberries, as well as plums. The palate has intensely ripe, assertive fruit flavours with a succulent, dense and rich delivery of black-cherry, cassis and blackberry flavours. Density with focus and a strong drive at the finish. Long and juicy with real freshness. A blend of 71% Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Barossa Shiraz. Drink or hold."
96+/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, May 2021 (2016 Vintage)
"Magnificent in every sense. Perfume, poise, tension, length, detail. Fruit, spice, savouriness. Strong elements of Coonawarra so evident with the seasoning of Barossa lending judicious character. Scents of cassis, kirsch, a booze-soaked berry experience, fennel, brown spice, turned earth and herbs. Superb. Slippery and long, seamless flow, tannins fine and spreading in a web that draws the wine into long distance mode even as they draw the wine to very, almost uncomfortably tight. Finishes lifted and fresh. Wow stuff, with best to come."