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1 May 2011

Campbell rediscovers the joys of Octavius - just in time for winter

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Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz 2006 [Barossa]

93 points - "Good old oak-tavius. In recent years Iíve started to think that it doesnít live up to its nickname any more Ė though on tasting it today, itís still clear that it does... Youíd almost call this elegant Ė and medium-bodied. It tastes of boysenberries and tar, blackberries and cream. Itís juicy through the finish, carries highlights of dried herbs, and tastes fresh for a five-year-old wine. Itís highly drinkable now, but with a long future ahead. Though I have to note: there is still a good deal of coffeed, bourbon-like oak apparent in this wine Ė so itís not for new-fangled drinkers. Excellent persistence. Drink: 2012 Ė 2021."

Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, May 2011


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