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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.
“The Menzies” is a single vineyard wine from the heart of Coonawarra terra rossa country. Most of the vines date from 1985 and produce small bunches giving wine of great concentration and flavour.
The grapes were crushed to small static fermenters where the liberation of colour and tannin is controlled either by plunging the skins, pumping the wine over the cap or draining all the wine from the skins then flooding it back. Selected parcels are given extended skin contact before pressing. Ageing is for 18 months in 34% new French hogsheads & barriques, with the balance in 1 year and older American, French & Hungarian hogsheads & barriques.
Deep plum/red in colour with a bouquet that leads with violet and lilac elements and follows on to spicy/pepper notes. The palate is rich and powerful; red fruits and dark chocolate on a robust tannin framework. The finish is long and complex.