These notes comes from a digital tasting with Louisa Rose, chief winemaker and Jessica Hill-Smith, sixth generation of the owners of Yalumba. Vinunic arranged and send the lovely 10 cl bottles for the tasting.
2018 The Virgilius Eden Valley Viognier
A deep, restrained nose with notes of dry passionfruit, lemon cream, a hint of smoke and grass. Very, very good.
The taste is deep and velvety with notes of yellow apples, almonds and smoke. A fine acidity. Drinking great today. Several Viognier´s in the last couple of weeks, what´s happening?!
90p (tasted 2021/09)
2017 The Tri-Centenary Grenache
Planted in 1889, the grapes comes from 820 old bush vines. The nose soars from the glass with gorgeous notes of raspberries, herbs, smoke and Christmas spices. A lovely low keyed sweetness.
The taste is warm and concentrated with notes of rhubarb licorice, raspberries, fried herbs and bonfire smoke. Very long with a fine intensity. Great.
93p (tasted 2021/09)
2016 The Signature
A big, open, yummy nose with notes of asphalt, ripe black fruits, mint and iron. Very deep and complex.
The taste is tight and concentrated with notes of ripe plums, leather, asphalt and fir wood. More structured on the palate. Very, very long. 53% Cabernet Sauvignon & 47% Shiraz.
93p (tasted 2021/09)
2016 The Menzies
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. A deep, tight, focused nose with notes of ripe black currants, charcoal, dark chocolate and a hint of mint. A interesting note of fried basil (!) after a while. Very fine.
The taste is taut and concentrated with notes of dried up black currant jam, iron, leather and earth. Very, very long. Intense. Finely polished tannins. Very fine. 6+ years.
94p (tasted 2021/09)
2016 The Octavius
From vines with an average age of 80 years, the oldest parcel planted in 1854. The nose is rich, dense and focused with notes of iron, violets, dark flowers, grilled meat and blood. Very complex. Brilliant.
The taste is intense and concentrated with notes of ripe blueberries, iron, damsons, earth and rubber. Very, very long. Power and elegance. Great wine, 8+ years.
96p (tasted 2021/09)