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11 July 2007

Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Barossa Shiraz 2003

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"An interesting follow-up to the '02, strikingly different years and quite different wines, albeit with family ties that bind. This is a more typical, more traditional rendition of the 15-odd Octavius wines we've seen, blackberrry essence pins it to mature Barossa fruit, plenty of freshly sawn oak in the mix too, ripe berries, boot polish and plums, with some eucalypt at the edges. Deep and dense from front to back, it means business from the very outset, placed of sweet oak laced in and out, tannins are curved inwards, towards the fruit, something only a few achieved in the heat of 2003. Finishes sturdy and firm with a little barrel char, breathes up nicely with air."

Nick Stock, Food & Wine - The Adelaide Review (Aus), 6-19 July 2007

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