The name comes from the patchwork of vineyards from the Barossa Valley that contribute to this wine. Really, it probably should just be called “The Barossa,” this holds all the elements of the surprisingly (to some) diverse region. From differing row plantings (north-south and east-west); soil types (red/brown earth, sandy loam, dark clay) and geography (foothills and flats).
Yalumba, Patchwork Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2013
A patchwork of oak treatments also: 7% new American Hogsheads and Octaves, 3% new French Octaves, 4% new French and Hungarian Hogsheads and the rest in older Octaves, Hogsheads and Barriques. Natural ferment kickstart before cultured yeast ascendency.
Generous nose, but not bruising. Satin and sheen. Dense plums and light chocolate, Christmas trees and Christmas cake spice. Some wooden pencil and creamy coffee. A good balance on the palate: black plums and red currant balanced by plenty of fine sandy tannins. T o prove it’s no One-Trick Pony, distinct darker savoury qualities underline the complexity also, giving the finish a slightly bitter roasting coffee (but not unpleasant) taste. Pleasant drinking and certainly one for the cooler nights as the weather starts to turn.
Wine sample courtesy of Yalumba