December 13, 2016
If you’re partial to reading about wine, you’ve probably read a word or two from Matthew Jukes. Matthew is an accomplished wine writer who has been plying his trade since 1987. His accolades include being voted the most influential wine writer in the UK and winning the highly prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Trophy for Wine Communicator of the year.
These accolades are in no small part due to his 100 Best Australian Wines Report, which is now in its thirteenth edition. The report represents the finest 100 Australian wines available on shelves in the UK for the coming year and is the result of extensive tastings held in the UK and Australia over the previous 12 months.
When we opened Matthew’s 2016/2017 list, we were delighted to discover not one but six Yalumba wines.
First cab off the rank was our Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2015, which Matthew calls a leader in its category and in its price point.
He referred to the Yalumba Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 as one of the most important Cabernets in the Coonawarra and South Australia. Apparently he couldn’t put his glass down, wanting not to waste the second half of his taste.
In The Great Australian Red category, Matthew gave Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz 2012 19+/20 describing it as one of “the most stunning and complete red wines on earth.”
Yalumba The Steeple Vineyard Shiraz 2011 blew Matthew’s mind with its “detailed scent, magnificent, sensual body and haunting finish” and he referred to the single single vineyard this wine hails from as “clearly a Grand Cru site.”
He suggests Yalumba FSW8B Botrytis Viognier 2015 is “as close to a magic potion as wine gets.”
Rounding out our appearances was Yalumba Museum Reserve Muscat in the Fortified section.
This is the thirteenth consecutive year Yalumba has appeared in Matthew Jukes’ report. We are one of only seven wineries which have appeared in every 100 Best List since its inception. And in terms of total numbers of wines featured over the last 13 years, Yalumba is number one.
Launched in 1962, The Signature is a rich, complex and generous 100% Barossa Cabernet & Shiraz blend that is uniquely Australian – a contract between the world’s wine lovers and Yalumba’s winemakers, signed with the name of a true believer. The Signature is a celebration of wine and people – more than 50 vintages, 50 names and 50 stories – encapsulated in one historic Cabernet & Shiraz.
Full depth with a red crimson hue. The bouquet is of medium to full intensity with bright berry and plum fruits with a seaspray tang that is typical of Yalumba The Menzies. The palate is full bodied and rich, opening with plush red fruits yielding a textured mid-palate and yielding to a lengthy finish. Enjoy with a pomegranate and fennel glazed rack of Limestone Coast lamb.
Yalumba has always had a passion to keep exciting barrels or small batch wines separate from the blending table, regardless of quantity. This is where the Steeple Vineyard Shiraz was discovered. Sourced from antique vines within the Yalumba Steeple Vineyard on the Barossa Valley floor, this wine is a strong expression of terroir, with a dynamic scent, energetic freshness and cooling earthy tannins.
Yalumba has pioneered the growing and making of Viognier in Australia since 1980. We have had over 30 years of viticultural and winemaking experience working with this alluring variety. This wine is the essence of what Viognier is all about. Apricot fruit aromas and flavours with long luscious texture and hints of orange oil to finish. It’s all there ready to seduce and delight the imbiber at a moment’s notice.
Autumn in Wrattonbully means dewy mornings, soft mists and warm sun on ripe grapes – perfect for ‘Botrytis cinerea’ and the naturally alluring Viognier grape to link and create the golden nectar that becomes FSW8B. The flavours of the Botrytis, offering opulent flavours of Viognier have great synergy with the richness of apricots, peaches and spice. Exotic, luscious, long and elegant, this wine is an experience to be shared.
Yalumba first began making wines at the Angaston winery more than 167 years ago, and the production of fortified wines has long been part of that history. Today, Yalumba maintains its reputation for premium quality fortified wines by occasionally releasing very small parcels of show reserve stocks.