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"The Scribbler" Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz 2014, Yalumba, Barossa/Eden Valley, 13.5% vol, 75cl

“The Scribbler” Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz 2014, Yalumba, Barossa/Eden Valley, 13.5% vol, 75cl

Availability: In stock

SKU : AUS104

£16.86

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 Scribbler” is a youthful interpretation of Yalumba’s renowned “The Signature”, showcasing the exceptional fruit found in the Barossa. An elegant, complex and bright wine that is designed to drink now but can also be cellared for medium term enjoyment.

 

Select parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon (64%) and Shiraz (36%) were hand picked and crushed to 8 tonne open top stainless steel fermenters. 80%-90% of the grapes are from the Barossa Valley with the balance from the higher, and slightly cooler, Eden Valley which adds freshness and lift to the wine. Wild yeasts present on the grape skins were allowed to initiate fermentation, with cultured winery yeasts added later to complete the fermentation. The wine was then matured for 13 months in French, Hungarian and American oak Hogsheads and barriques, (20% of which were new).

 

Deep red in colour, the 2014 Scribbler displays concentrated red to black fruits and the richness of oak maturation. There is a vibrancy in the dark fruits and a well rounded savouriness to the palate. The structure feels youthfully charming with the tannins holding the palate in tension. Drink now or cellar for the next 5-7 years.

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