From a single-site and made from Centurion vines that were planted in 1919 in Light Pass on the Valley floor in the shadow of the Lutheran Church and grown biodynamically. Matured for 15 months in 22% new French oak barriques, the rest in old French oak barriques. Note: Bottle image states 2016, but nothing else has changed. Under DIAM. Vegan friendly. Winemaker is Kevin Glastonbury.
Yalumba, The Steeple, Shiraz, Barossa Valley, 2018
Concentrated inky nose: Big hits of dark cherry, violets, gun smoke, warmed pomegranate, licorice, sweet incense, “iced vovo” biscuit and bitumen. Full body: plush and replete with dark shiny fruits of plums and blueberries and easy vanilla oak, winking at you to show it’s awake and alive. Crisp texture with plentiful cocoa-like drying, powdery tannin. Perfect cut through for a rib eye or Scotch fillet.
Rating: 18.5/20 (94/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Yalumba