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3 November 2010

An aged red and an organic white go under the microscope

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Viognier and the great Australian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are two wines that Yalumba has championed over the years, so it is always great to receive some media feedback on how the wines are travelling. Campbell Mattinson and James Halliday recently published reviews on a back-vintage of our flagship red – Yalumba The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz 2002 – as well as on the superb Yalumba Organic Riverland Viognier 2010.

Yalumba The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz 2002

"There’s been some talk of ‘birth wines’ on this site of late – if you have a child born in 2002, this little beauty from Yalumba would be a very nice choice. It’s a blend of 78 percent cabernet sauvignon and 22 percent shiraz, all of which was grown in the Barossa Valley. The 2002 vintage was of course an exceptionally cool year in these parts i.e. a good cabernet year. It was matured for 22 months in all French oak, 50 percent of it new.

Eight years old but beautifully fresh. Characterised by its profound persistence. Tremendously fine tannin, too. Mint, tobacco, blackcurrant and cedary, spicy chocolate. Acidity is cleansing, oak is not overdone, fruit is as lively as it is lovely. Beautiful Australian red."

96 points. Drink : 2012 – 2022

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front (www.winefront.com.au), November 1, 2010

Yalumba Organic Riverland Viognier 2010

"Bright quartz-green; there is definite musk and apricot-tinged varietal fruit expression on both bouquet and palate; surprisingly, grown at Loxton in the Riverland by the Barich family. Doubly accredited, and a great advertisement for organic growing."
91 points. Drink to 2013

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (www.winecompanion.com.au), November 3, 2010



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