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The Society's 150th Anniversary Barossa Valley Shiraz 2018

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For our 150th anniversary we have worked with one of the great names of Australian wine, Yalumba, to treat members to an outstanding example of how good mature Barossa shiraz can be. Full, rounded and silky, it comes from one of the best vintages for the region in half a century. Yalumba have produced a balanced, dark-fruit laden wine which has started to mature wonderfully, showing earthy notes and a hint of eucalypt freshness. Full-bodied, authentic and bursting with personality, this is a testament to the quality of what is Australia’s oldest family winery and the relationship we share with them. Decant before serving to remove the wine from its sediment. For more on the story of this wine, please scroll down.
Price: £25.00 Bottle
Price: £300.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: AU24221

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Syrah/Shiraz
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2029
  • 14% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

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Few parts of the world are so synonymous with a single grape variety as the Barossa Valley is with shiraz. These wines so often scream out for bottle age yet so seldom receive it, so we're delighted to have added this unique bottling to our 150th Anniversary range.

Robert Hill-Smith, the fifth generation, has led Yalumba forward, innovating and inventing into the 21st century without compromise, cementing Yalumba’s reputation for high-quality wines, authenticity, and integrity.

South Australia

South Australia (SA) is Australia's wine heartland, producing most of the country's wine and boasting some of its oldest vines. The dry, hot climate ripens grapes fully, making bold, dense and concentrated wines.

The Barossa Valley has a rich viticultural history with patches of bush-trained vines, many more than 100 years old. It is first and foremost a red wine region. Shiraz is king but cabernet sauvignon, grenache and mourvèdre play an important part, too.

Close to the Barossa is the Eden Valley, a windswept series of elevated hills producing exceptional shiraz and floral riesling. Just north of the Barossa is the Clare Valley, which represents Australia's pinnacle for riesling, where elevated vineyards temper the intense heat, producing dry whites of immense class and purity. The region's powerful and muscular reds can be outstanding too.

On the coast south of Adelaide is McLaren Vale, which vies with Barossa to be SA's best red-wine region. The climate is warm enough to...

South Australia (SA) is Australia's wine heartland, producing most of the country's wine and boasting some of its oldest vines. The dry, hot climate ripens grapes fully, making bold, dense and concentrated wines.

The Barossa Valley has a rich viticultural history with patches of bush-trained vines, many more than 100 years old. It is first and foremost a red wine region. Shiraz is king but cabernet sauvignon, grenache and mourvèdre play an important part, too.

Close to the Barossa is the Eden Valley, a windswept series of elevated hills producing exceptional shiraz and floral riesling. Just north of the Barossa is the Clare Valley, which represents Australia's pinnacle for riesling, where elevated vineyards temper the intense heat, producing dry whites of immense class and purity. The region's powerful and muscular reds can be outstanding too.

On the coast south of Adelaide is McLaren Vale, which vies with Barossa to be SA's best red-wine region. The climate is warm enough to guarantee lush, chocolatey reds from shiraz, grenache and cabernet, while its strong maritime influence invests elegance in chardonnay, viognier and marsanne. Nearby Langhorne is cooled by the lake and nearby sea, and grows grapes of very good quality at a low cost. These excellent-value wines are marked by a softness and fullness of flavour. The Adelaide Hills area east of the city are cool and provide the perfect ingredients for lemony sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. Coonawarra, further south-east behind the Limestone Coast, is South Australia's leading cabernet region, the unique terra rossa soil and maritime influence producing grapes with intense flavours and fabulous structure.

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Yalumba

The Yalumba Wine Company is Australia’s oldest family-owned winery. Currently run by Robert and Sam Hill Smith, the winery is situated in the Barossa Valley where there are plantings of some of the world’s oldest vines. Yalumba was founded by a British brewer, Samuel Smith, who emigrated to Australia with his family from Dorset in 1847. In 1849, Smith purchased a 30 acre block of land on the edge of a settlement and planted his first vineyards. He named his property ‘Yalumba’, an indigenous Australian word meaning ‘all the land around.’ Yalumba now owns over 1000 acres of vineyards in the Barossa, Clare and Eden valleys, as well owning vines in Coonawarra and as buying in grapes from selected growers, some of whom they have been working with for four or more generations.

This property is a beacon of hands-on winemaking. No aspect of the process is left to chance, as evidenced by the master coopers crafting oak barrels on site and a vine nursery where both new and established varieties are propagated. Yalumba is quite unusual in making wines at all price levels from entry level to fine and sought-after and The Society regularly follows premium labels Signature, The Menzies and Mesh labels, as well as everyday classics including Heggies Chardonnay.

Robert Hill-Smith, the fifth generation, has led Yalumba forward, innovating and inventing nto the 21st century without compromise, cementing Yalumba’s reputation for high-quality wines, authenticity, and integrity. Robert pioneered ...
The Yalumba Wine Company is Australia’s oldest family-owned winery. Currently run by Robert and Sam Hill Smith, the winery is situated in the Barossa Valley where there are plantings of some of the world’s oldest vines. Yalumba was founded by a British brewer, Samuel Smith, who emigrated to Australia with his family from Dorset in 1847. In 1849, Smith purchased a 30 acre block of land on the edge of a settlement and planted his first vineyards. He named his property ‘Yalumba’, an indigenous Australian word meaning ‘all the land around.’ Yalumba now owns over 1000 acres of vineyards in the Barossa, Clare and Eden valleys, as well owning vines in Coonawarra and as buying in grapes from selected growers, some of whom they have been working with for four or more generations.

This property is a beacon of hands-on winemaking. No aspect of the process is left to chance, as evidenced by the master coopers crafting oak barrels on site and a vine nursery where both new and established varieties are propagated. Yalumba is quite unusual in making wines at all price levels from entry level to fine and sought-after and The Society regularly follows premium labels Signature, The Menzies and Mesh labels, as well as everyday classics including Heggies Chardonnay.

Robert Hill-Smith, the fifth generation, has led Yalumba forward, innovating and inventing nto the 21st century without compromise, cementing Yalumba’s reputation for high-quality wines, authenticity, and integrity. Robert pioneered viognier in Australia, which in turn has led to Yalumba being widely recognised as one of the most distinguished producers of the grape in the world.
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Club Oenologique

Crafted specially for the Wine Society’s 150th birthday by Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family winery, this offers a great opportunity to tap into the 2018 vintage, regarded as one of the best of the last...
Crafted specially for the Wine Society’s 150th birthday by Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family winery, this offers a great opportunity to tap into the 2018 vintage, regarded as one of the best of the last 50 years. Dark berries and cherries, an earthy character and a hint of eucalyptus providing freshness, this is great value and would offer an adventurous match for dark chocolate.
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David Kermode

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Yalumba is probably not the first name which pops into mind when talking about Barossa Valley Shiraz. Presented in a very heavy bottle, this is darkly fruited, ripe and juicy on the palate. It shows...
Yalumba is probably not the first name which pops into mind when talking about Barossa Valley Shiraz. Presented in a very heavy bottle, this is darkly fruited, ripe and juicy on the palate. It shows plenty of South Australian warmth but doesn’t really shout ‘Barossa Shiraz’ to me. I would like a bit more of a distinctive character at this price.
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Andy Howard MW

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