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Yalumba is Australia’s oldest family-owned winery. Established by Samuel Smith a British brewer from Dorset who emigrated to Australia in 1847, the company is today run by Robert and Sam Hill Smith. The winery is in the Barossa Valley where some of the world’s oldest vines are to be found. Yalumba now owns over 1000 acres of vineyards in the Barossa, Clare and Eden valleys, but also buy in fruit from selected growers, some of whom they have worked with for generations.
Yalumba is unique in that it is the only winery in the southern hemisphere to have its very own cooperage. They select the oak, then carefully craft the staves into barrels. A mix of French, Hungarian and American oak is used depending on the wine and the winemakers preference.
Often described as one of Australia’s unsung heroes, Grenache is naturally lighter in colour than Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon but provides wonderful big fruit flavours. Yalumba is extremely fortunate to have access to some of the oldest Grenache vineyards in the Barossa –indeed in the world – with fruit for this wine sourced from vines planted between 1898 and 1973.
Cool nights throughout summer helped to retain the acidity and pristine fruit flavours of this Old Bush Vine Grenache.
The majority of the grapes are from low yielding old vines 35-80 years of age. Fermentation is initiated by wild yeasts naturally present on the grapes from the vineyard, cultured winery yeasts are then added to finish off the process. The wines was aged for 9 months in old (3-6 years) French, Hungarian and American hogsheads.
Quite pale in appearance with a nose of pure red cherry with raspberry and cedar, this wine is attractive and elegant. Violets and liquorice show through the ripe and juicy palate. Think Pinot Noir with a touch of attitude!