Flagship straight Shiraz for Yalumba. Made from vines dating back to 1854 (average age is 82 years, with 71% sourced from the Barossa Valley and 29% from Eden Valley). Matured for 23 months in 30% new French oak barriques and hogsheads, with the rest in 1 year and older American octaves (100L), French barriques and hogsheads. Under Cork. Vegan friendly. Winemaker is Kevin Glastonbury.
Yalumba, The Octavius, Shiraz, Barossa, 2017
Deep garnet with bright rim. Layered, complex, deep, constantly unfurling and folding back in on itself, even on day 2 of tasting. Deep choc, dark stones (midwinter type dark), fresh picked blackberries. warm plum, solid slices of Christmas cake, violets and woody spice. Seamless and expansive palate. Kisses of sweet vanilla over dark fruit with an impeccable depth, tapenade savoury nuances and an inherent lightness….shouldn’t this be an inky dark brute? Elegance through each textured layer. Silk and fine, fine tannins through the long finish.
Rating: 18.75/20 (95/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Yalumba