In their new book, ĎTaste Food and Wine 2007í (Wine Press) Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer tell it as it is.
Yalumba Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2002
Listen closely; itís time for a monumental announcement: This wine was voted one of the top seven trophy winners in the Great Australian Red competition, and every other winner was over $30. If this isnít enough to convince you this wine absolutely out- performs everything at its price, it was placed ahead of more than one hundred wines ranging in price from $18 to $100. Get it? No, seriously, GET IT! Go out right now and buy a truckload (itís around for as little as $15), because as soon as this news gets out, this wine is going to be major hot property. Itís bang-on its peak drinking point right now, so tuck in and donít delay another second. This is a standout Yalumba wine, desperately well-made from very serious fruit. Donít miss the boat.
Yalumba Late Harvest Viognier 2005
There is only one person in one company in Australia who could pull off this wine, and her name is Louisa Rose. Itís very rare to find a late harvest Viognier. This is serious, powerful and full-on but with a real elegance and poise to its floral personality. The 2005 is a beautifully crafted wine which sings all over the previous vintages.
Yalumba The Octavius Barossa Old Vine Shiraz 2002
We believe that this 2002 Octavius has the edge on last yearís 2001, and that is saying something. This is a monumental creation of off-the-planet proportions, seething with bitter dark chocolate and coffee oak flavours of epic concentration. It's got a large enough club to tame the biggest, red-blooded steak of wild beast you dare to put up against it.
Yalumba TGV 2005
A Tempranillo/ Grenache/ Viognier blend was not meant to make this list Ė how could it? Not unless it blew us away with its flair, theatrics and gusto. It did. This juicy blend works remarkable well, with the Viognier tempering the stern aide of Tempranillo into a friendly and personable character. Youíll need a second glass (or bottle).
Yalumba Eden Valley Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2005
Yalumba is a very slick, family owned operation, pulling out wines of the very highest order. This beautifully textured, grapefruit-imbued Chardonnay exemplifies the terrific balance and integrity that Phil Lehmann crafts into his wines. It's got the guts and complexity to step up as a main course contender.
Yalumba Y Series Viognier 2006
Hello Big Bird, this is Rubber Duck. Winemaker Louisa Rose can do no wrong. This dancing peach fuzz Viognier is in a league of its own. She's nailed this variety quicker than any other winemaker in the southern hemisphere, and at this price ($9 on discount) this is a wine that should stick two fat fingers up at the French and their legions of sweaty, soapy versions of this charming grape.