Yalumba The Reserve Cabernet/Shiraz 2002
Other Red Blends from Barossa Valley, Australia
To categorize the 2002 Reserve, the finest parcels of wine were selected from the best blocks as they were fermenting. Indigenous or 'wild' yeasts, naturally present on the grape skins were allowed to initiate the fermentation. These 'wild' ferments have helped contribute to the individual complexities of the wine, creating richness and fine textures. The Cabernet component was sourced mainly from Eden Valley, with the Shiraz sourced from Barossa Valley. Concentrated deep red in colour,... View More
Very good colour for age, still showing strong red hues; intense, long and highly focused palate with a succulent mix of blackcurrant and blackberry fruit supported by cedar oak and a fine web of tannins.
The 2002 Reserve is composed of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Shiraz aged in 72% new French and Hungarian oak. Opaque purple-colored, this glass-coating effort gives up a sexy bouquet of pain grille, creosote, pepper, blueberry compote, and blackberry enhanced by several years of bottle age. On the palate it nicely combines elegance and power, marked by intense savory blue and black fruits, lots of spice, silky tannin, and a lengthy finish. It will profit from 5-7 years of additional cellaring with a drinking window spanning 2014 to 2032.
Yalumba is Australia's oldest family-owned winery, founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful wineries, owned by 5th generation Robert Hill-Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolades for its outstanding wines, and for its leadership in viticultural innovation and sustainable farming. Yalumba was the first winery in the world to be recognized with the Climate Award from the United States Environmental Protection... View More