Part of the “Samuel’s Collection” range, but you’ll have to work hard to read the label to associate it with said range.
Winemaker is rockstar Kevin Glastonbury. Matured for 12 months in “26% new French, American and Hungarian hogsheads, barriques & octaves (50L). Balance in older octaves, hogsheads and barriques.” Vegan friendly.
Yalumba, Samuel’s Collection, Shiraz, Barossa, 2018
Deep garnet hue with bright purple rim. Restrained Barossa: it’s definitely the Barossa you used to know, but it’s gone all modern and dropped a little weight, dyed its hair darker. Framed well by fine mesh tannins and well chosen oak, the spiced bittersweet liquorice threaded through the varietal plum displays a solid counterpoint. Some meaty, ferrous depth and a little lick of vanilla oak just to keep things smooth before a a telling coda of peppery spice. Good now, but will be singing in 2 or 3 years.
Rating: 17.5/20 (91/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Yalumba