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Wine of the Week

April 23, 2015



Yalumba made its first Octavius in the outstanding 1990 vintage. Named for and matured in 100-litre oak octaves, coopered at Yalumba, it quickly earned the sobriquet "oaktavius". However, Yalumba's winemakers soon adapted to the high oak-to-wine ratio inherent in using such small barrels. Later vintages maintain a distinctive oak stamp, but in an harmonious, symbiotic way.

The just-released 2009 vintage captures the power of Barossa Valley shiraz, tempered by fruit from the cooler, adjoining Eden Valley - in beautiful harmony with the oak, which seems to lift and magnify the fruit flavours. At six years it looks and tastes young and should evolve beautifully for decades to come. This is a wine of rare dimension and beauty. 5 stars.

Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times, 1 April 2015

Hidden throughout the Barossa, a patchwork of tiny, old and much loved vineyards shyly bear bunches of exquisite Shiraz. The best of this fruit, from vines that are among the oldest in the world, is carefully selected with one wine in mind – Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz, a wine that has established a reputation as one of Australia’s iconic Shiraz.