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Professional Ratings: 94 Australian Wine Companion, 92 The Wine Advocate, 91 International Wine Cellar, 90 Wine Enthusiast
Region: Barossa Valley, Australia
Varietal: Other Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines, Green Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Item no. 93190
Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz 2003 is seriously deep dark red in colour. Leading with aromas of ultra-ripe berries and exotic fruits, the nose continues into sweet fruit aromas meshed with milk chocolates and dense dark plums. A stylish palate, saturated in dense cassis and dark red to black fruits, displays a density that just grows and grows. Elegant chocolate tannins and spices give this wine a richness that lingers on the palate.
Medium-bodied; balanced fruit is supported by distinctly savoury/earthy lingering tannins. Gold medal National Wine Show '06; 54%/44%. Cork.
A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Shiraz from Barossa estate vineyards, the 2003 The Signature is a big, chunky, heady red that is closed at present. Nevertheless, it reveals an inky/purple color, impressive levels of richness, and sweet notes of charcoal, acacia flowers, blackberries, tar, and pepper. This wine spent 22 months in 300 liter American and French hogsheads. It should emerge from its muted stage in 2-3 years, and last for 15 or more.
Deep ruby. Smoky, oak-accented blackcurrant, kirsch, dark chocolate and espresso aromas are impressively deep and distinctly ripe without coming off as overripe. On the contrary: the dark fruit flavors are complemented by fresh acidity that energizes the wine's deep chocolate and coffee qualities, with dusty tannins framing the wine's flesh. Finishes ripe and impressively long, with a sexy, lingering vanillin oak quality.
Yalumba's proprietary blend of Cabernet and Shiraz is aged in new oak, showing plenty of toast and vanilla at this early stage. But this also boasts enough blackberry and cassis fruit to balance the wood, at least for now. Lightens up on the finish, suggesting short-term consumption. Drink 2008–2013.