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Yalumba Y-Series, Organic, Samuel’s Garden and Earthworks Releases

28 March,2018

Although Yalumba has a history stretching back to 1849, this Angaston Barossa-based winemaker is thoroughly modern in its business and winemaking. The vast majority of the wines can be described as contemporary, being based on elegant fruit expression along with the all-important regionality or ‘sense of place’. These wines are crafted to be enjoyed young, and are stylistically accessible. The ‘Y-Series’ wines have this role. Being contemporary necessitates awareness of the environment and health, so Yalumba includes an ‘Organic’ range. But Yalumba has not forsaken tradition, and make wines that show classic Barossa character, as well as the Yalumba signature, developed over time, and the ‘Samuel’s Garden’ wines are these. I review new releases of Yaulmba wines under these ranges, as well as an Earthworks Cabernet Sauvignon, a brand that capitalises on Yalumba’s 160 years of intimacy with the Barossa region. www.yalumba.com www.earthworkswines.com


Yalumba ‘Y Series’ South Australia Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from Australia – South Australia


Bright, even, pale straw-yellow colour. The nose is fresh with delicate aromas of white stonefruits along with a subtle amalgam of white florals, with suggestions of nuts, smoke and minerals, This is clean and pure in expression, the aromatics forming a fine core. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has light flavours of white stonefruits entwined with floral, nutty and mineral notes. The palate has moderate depth and presence, the fruit forming a light heart and line. The wine flows smoothly with integrated acidity, leading to a light finish. This is a light-flavoured dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit, floral, nutty and mineral flavours, a smooth flow and moderate presence and length. Serve as a aperitif and with antipasto over the next 2 years. South Australian fruit, hand-picked and WBP, indigenous yeast fermented on full solids to 12.5% alc. and 2.4 g/L RS, the wine aged on lees. Winemaker: Heather Fraser. 15.5+/20 Mar 2018 RRP $16.95

Yalumba ‘Organic’ South Australia Shiraz 2017

Syrah from Australia – South Australia


Very dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter on the rim, very youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full with rich and ripe up-front primary aromas of black plums, blackberries and boysenberry jam with lifted nuances of confectionary. This has depth and presence. Medium-full bodied, the palate has sweetly rich and plush flavours of ripe blackberries, black plums and boysenberries, along with liquorice and jam elements. The fruit is up-front and enlivened by fresh acidity, and supported by light tannin extraction providing background structure. The palate carries the wine to a sweet and gently juicy finish. This is an up-front, sweetly ripe-fruited Shiraz with flavours of blackberries, black plums and boysenberries with jam and liquorice notes on a plush palate. Serve with grilled and barbecued red meat dishes over the next 2-3 years. Fruit from the ‘Carypides’, ‘Barich’, ‘Palena’ and ‘Strachan’ vineyards fermented to 13.5% alc. Winemaker: Heather Fraser. Australian Certified Organic. 17.0/20 Mar 2018 RRP $18.95

Yalumba ‘The Strapper’ Barossa Valley Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro 2015

Blended Red from Australia – South Australia


Even, dark ruby-red colour with a lighter edge. The nose is gently full with an ethereal array of aromas with dark raspberry fruit, liquorice and spices forming a core revealing dark herbs and earthy detail. Medium-full bodied, the palate has an elegantly concentrated and refined core with flavours of dark raspberries entwined with spices, dark herbs and earthy notes, unfolding dark-red florals and liquorice. The fruit forms a firm heart and the palate has good linearity, and the wine flows smoothly with very fine textures and balanced acidity. The wine carries to a long and sustained finish of raspberries and spices. This is an elegantly concentrated, fine and firm hearted GSM with aromatic raspberry fruit with spice and liquorice interest on a fine-textured palate. Match with Middle Eastern fare over the next 4+ years. Barossa Valley fruit, a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro, fermented to 13.5% alc., 12% of the wine aged 12 months in new French oak hogsheads, the remainder in seasoned French, Hungarian and American oak. 17.5/20 Mar 2018 RRP $24.95

Yalumba ‘Patchwork’ Barossa Shiraz 2015

Syrah from Australia – South Australia


Dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is initially a little shy, but unfolds to show a concentrated heart of very ripe blackberry fruit with notes of liquorice, black pepper and Asian spices, and some cedary and pencilly oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate has intense and well-concentrated flavours of ripe blackberry fruit entwined with black plum, liquorice and black pepper, unveiling a layering of Asian spices. The fruit is supported by fine-grained tannin extraction and structure with balanced acidity, and the wine carries with good drive along an elegant line, leading to a long, lingering, oak nuanced finish. This is an elegant and well-concentrated, ripe Shiraz with black fruits, black pepper, liquorice and spices on a fine-structured palate. Match with roasted lamb, beef and venison, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 6+ years. Barossa Shiraz fruit fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 7% new American oak hogsheads and octaves, and 3% new French oak hogsheads and barriques. Winemaker: Kevin Glastonbury. 18.5/20 Mar 2018 RRP $24.95

Earthworks Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia – South Australia


Very dark, deep, purple-hued black-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is fresh and up-front with aromas of redcurrants and fragrant dark-red berry fruit, unfolding some lifted whole berry fermentation-like notes, a little jam and confectionary, with blackcurrant and herbal elements emerging with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has deep flavours blackcurrants and aromatic redcurrants, melded with a layer of dark and fresh herbs, dark-red florals and some youthful confectionary nuances. The fruit is underlined by soft and light, grainy tannin structure, along with soft, lacy acidity, and the wine possesses good linearity, leading to a lingering finish of currants and herbs. This is a soft, grainy textured Cabernet Sauvignon with deep flavours of black and redcurrants, herbs and some youthful fermentation lift. Serve with most red meat dishes over the next 3+ years. Barossa fruit fermented to 14.5% alc. Winemaker: Mark van Halderen. 16.5+/20 Mar 2018 RRP $22.50


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