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A classic Australian blend from the cooler Eden Valley. This is a very fine wine indeed, with great concentration of cassis and blackberry fruit, with fine oak, tobacco leaf and sweet spice developing. This will really benefit with a little more time, and is worth decanting prior to serving.
Product Code: AU21731
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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.
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.
A fiercely hot year throughout Australia, with bush-fires causing difficulties of smoke taint in some parts. South Australia, the engine room of production on the continent in terms of quantity, recorded its hottest ever summer. The baking conditions led to a relatively early and condensed vintage in most regions. Areas with a moderating influence such as altitude or the proximity of the sea fared better, with Mornington Peninsula in Victoria and the island state of Tasmania having particularly fine vintages. Old vines in any region were able to overcome the drought stresses with their deep root systems so areas like Barossa made some excellent reds despite their propensity for hot conditions. Western Australia had another ‘easy’ vintage and the heat was tempered here by Antarctic coastal influences.
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