Yalumba have just released two new wines under their ‘Hand Picked’ label – the 2002 Adelaide Hills Single Spur Chardonnay and the 2002 Mourvèdre Grenache Shiraz.
Yalumba Hand Picked Single Spur Adeliade Hills Chardonnay 2002
In the cool Adelaide Hills of South Australia, Yalumba has spent two decades working with the Bernard clones of Chardonnay that were selected from the best vines in Burgundy and imported into Australia in the early 80’s. Today, the vines are producing grapes with some very exciting flavour and texture profiles with power, finesse and elegance. ‘Single Spur’ refers to a pruning technique used on these Adelaide Hills Chardonnay vines where each cane is pruned back to a single bud, which, in turn creates a small ‘spur’. This pruning regime limits the vigour, balances the vine and results in grapes with concentrated varietal flavour and character.
Grapes for the 2002 Yalumba Single Spur Adelaide Hills Chardonnay were hand picked and handled very gently – chilled and whole bunch pressed directly into fine-grained French oak barriques. Indigenous yeasts performed the fermentation and the wine was allowed to age quietly on lees for 11 months prior to bottling.
The wine is pale gold in colour with lively green tints. It has a fine and restrained aroma of nectarines and figs against a nutty oak background. On the palate, the flavours carry on from the aroma of figs to stone fruit with preserved lemon peel and a long creamy finish.
Yalumba Hand Picked Mourvèdre Grenache Shiraz 2002
The Barossa has a long history as one of Australia’s best wine regions for growing Mourvèdre, Grenache and Shiraz. From the outstanding 2002 vintage, Mourvèdre is the dominant variety in this blend and contributes sturdy, robust characters balanced by the perfume of Grenache and the spice of Shiraz. To maximise blending options, each of the three varieties was fermented as a separate parcel using the ‘wild’ yeasts present on grape skins. The use of new oak was minimal and only on the Shiraz, with the balance of oak two years and older – all oak barrels used were French hogsheads.
Deeply plum coloured, the wine has intense aromas of black cherries, liquorice and violets with hint of ripe berries. Concentrated and opulent on the palate, it is firmly structured with plenty of well-defined yet silky tannins. This is a wine to enjoy now or can be cellared with confidence for 5-7 years.
All five Yalumba Hand Picked wines are widely available at fine wine outlets throughout Australia.