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22 January 2002

Yalumba steps ahead with innovative new releases

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Yalumba are pleased to announce the release of the Yalumba Vinnovations Collection, an exclusive range of varietal wines available only at the Yalumba Wine Room (Cellar Door) at Angaston in the Barossa Valley. The wines are made from a diverse mix of new, Old World, and rare grape varieties which have been propagated at Yalumba’s own Vine Nursery.

Yalumba has long had a philosophy of encouraging their winemakers to look beyond mainstream grape varieties and winemaking techniques and to strive towards innovation and experimentation in the quest to make great and intriguing wine. The "Vinnovations" label brings to life the small-batch experimental work that has been happening behind the scenes with an eclectic line-up of grape varieties including Cienna, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Petit Verdot.


Fruit for the first release of Vinnovations Collection has been sourced from vines planted at Yalumba’s Wrattonbully vineyards on the Limestone Coast of South Australia. All wines in the collection have been aged for 12 months in mature French oak barrels.


Cienna, a new variety, is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and the Spanish red grape variety Sumoll, and was developed in Australia by the CSIRO in collaboration with Yalumba.


"We have been involved in the evaluation of Cienna’s viticultural and winemaking performance for over 10 years now," says Winemaker Louisa Rose. "We believe that Cienna is destined to have a big future in Australia as it produces an attractive, rich red wine that is intense in colour and flavour."


The Yalumba Vinnovations Collection Cienna 2000 is deep red in colour with lively purple hues and a subtle fragrance of mint, eucalyptus and violets. The palate is rich and full-bodied, with mulberry fruit flavours and a fine-textured, long finish.


Yalumba Vinnovations Collection also includes a Nebbiolo and a Dolcetto – both Italian varieties traditionally planted in Piedmont that remain quite rare in Australia.

The Nebbiolo 2000 is medium brick red in colour, displaying an aroma of raspberries with hints of gamey characters. The palate is long and well structured with savoury flavours making it a great match with food. This wine will be long lived with a cellaring potential of 8-10 years.

Yalumba’s Dolcetto 2000 is a great early drinking style of wine that is lively cherry red in colour with an aroma of fruitcake, beetroot and spice. The palate is soft with generous cherry flavours and a subtle spiciness on the finish.

One of Bordeaux’s classic grape varieties, Petit Verdot, in warmer years contributes deep colour and spicy fragrance to the traditional Bordeaux blends. "Australia’s warm climate is ideal for growing the Petit Verdot grape, and Yalumba’s Vinnovations Collection Petit Verdot 1999 is a great example of the variety," says Louisa Rose. "The wine is deep red in colour, with an aroma of chocolate, cedar and ripe berry fruit. The palate is rich, full bodied and spicy with long tannins giving the wine a cellaring potential of 5-8 years."

"The great thing about Vinnovations is that we aren’t limited to just a few varieties or wine regions," said Louisa. "We are also working with varieties like Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Zinfandel from the Barossa, for future Vinnovations Collection releases."

The Yalumba Vinnovations Collection wines are dressed in sleek, modern packaging and are available exclusively at The Yalumba Wine Room in limited quantities for $24.95 each. The Yalumba Winery is located at Eden Valley Road, Angaston in South Australia. Cellar Doo


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