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1 June 2010

Big Red Wine Book rates Yalumba in high 90's

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Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh have released their 2010 / 2011 issue of The Big Red Wine Book, featuring more than 1000+ red wine reviews and ratings. Last year it was Yalumba The Scribbler that stole the show winning best red under $20 – this year it’s Yalumba The Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon under spotlights, winning Wine of the Year. But there is more to Yalumba’s folio of red wines, with some stand-out results across each teir. Here’s what Mattinson and Walsh have to say:

Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz 2006 [Barossa]

“Good old oak-tavius – doesn’t quite live up to its nickname nowadays. It used to taste of oak, oak and more oak, but this release shows just how fine and balanced it’s become. You’d almost call this elegant – and medium-bodied. It tastes of boysenberries and tar, blackberries and cream. It’s juicy through the finish, carries highlights of dried herbs, and tastes very fresh for a four-year-old wine. Highly drinkable now, but with a long future ahead.”

POINTS: 94    VALUE: four drops    DRINK: 2012 - 2021    RELEASED: September 2010

Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2006 [Barossa]

“Yalumba Signature has a long lineage, and it almost always rewards those who have become loyal to it. Even better, it tends to drink well as both a young and mature wine. This release tastes of blackberry and vanillin, leather and mint. It’s seductively smooth, tannic but not excessively so, and long through the finish. Not a hair out of place.”

POINTS: 94    VALUE: five drops    DRINK: 2012-2019    RELEASED: November 2010

Yalumba The Scribbler Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2008 [Barossa]

“Last year’s release was a huge hit in this book’s ‘best reds under $20 category’ (top place). It’s a newish wine to the Yalumba range, but it’s worth keeping an eye on. As a young wine it opens up quite charry and toasty so splash it round and give it some air if you’re going in early. It has lots of dusty, minty, aniseed fragrance over dark chocolate and mixed berries, and when it hits your mouth you’ll be greeted by a rugged and sandy, yet handsome, set of tannins. We’d call them rustic, hot vintage tannins, but they’re enjoyable nonetheless. It’s a bit of a rough diamond, but it is still a diamond.”

POINTS: 91    VALUE: four drops    DRINK: 2011 - 2018

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Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2008 [Barossa]

“This is made from grapes grown on the Barossa Valley floor and from the Barossa Valley hills – effectively from the valley’s famous ‘patchwork’ of small vineyards. Big whack of flavour. Full-bodied, tarry, blackberried and intense. There’s nothing bright or complex about it, but if you want dark-fruit flavour, it delivers it in spades. We liked the 2007 release better, but we’d still be happy drinking this.”

POINTS: 89    VALUE: three drops    DRINK: 2010 - 2013

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Yalumba Organic Shiraz 2009 [South Australia]

“Good red wine. Not big or impressive, but ripe and flavoursome, black-fruited and well weighted. There are no real signs of oak flavour, it just tastes like a big handful of squished dark berries, fresh and pure. It’s a great style of wine.”

POINTS: 90    VALUE: five drops    DRINK: 2010 - 2014

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Yalumba Organic Shiraz 2008 [South Australia]

“It needs some air but it then quaffs very nicely. Three cheers for Yalumba – they’ve delivered exactly what (a segment of) the market wants. Cherries and blackberries with a lick of spice. No real oak to speak of and medium-bodied at its deepest point. Grown smart and tastes smart. You feel good drinking it.”

POINTS: 88    VALUE: five drops    DRINK: 2010 - 2011

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