Yalumba 2015 Galway, 2014 Patchwork, and 2013 Scribbler, Cigar and Paradox Releases

With a family winemaking history stretching back to 1849, Yalumba is steeped in tales and stories of people who have made the establishment and growth of the company possible. The business and portfolio is multi-faceted and there are a multitude of ways that one can get to know the philosophies and detail of the family, business and wines. The Hill-Smith family and Yalumba have grouped their wines into certain ‘collections’ which categorise their founding or style to a large degree. I recently reviewed a selection of the ‘Y Series’ wines (click here to see my reviews) which are affordable, accessible and contemporary in style.

Here I review five wines from other ‘collections’. The ‘Galway’ Shiraz 2015 is under the ‘Individuals’ collection which pay homage to Yalumba’s history, in this case to L.T. Col. Sir Henry L. Galway who was premier of South Australia, a man with a good wine palate and friend of Yalumba. The ‘Samuel’s Garden’ collection respects and refers to family forebear Samuel Smith’s garden of vines and the wines are expressive of the Barossa with the gentle fingerprint of the Yalumba house style. Reviewed are the ‘Patchwork’ Shiraz 2014, crafted from a patchwork of venerable Shiraz vineyards in the Barossa, and ‘The Scribbler’ Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2013, a more accessible version of the flagship ‘The Signature’. The ‘Distinguished Sites’ collection is just that, and I taste ‘The Cigar’ Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 from ‘The Menzies’ vineyard, and ‘Paradox’ Northern Barossa Shiraz 2013 from a unique Shiraz growing district, made in a paradoxically elegant style. www.yalumba.com


  • Yalumba ‘Galway Vintage’ Barossa Shiraz 2015
  • Yalumba ‘Patchwork’ Barossa Shiraz 2014
  • Yalumba ‘The Cigar’ ‘The Menzies Vineyard’ Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  • Yalumba ‘Paradox’ Northern Barossa Shiraz 2013

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