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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 Signature” is Yalumba’s flagship Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz blend. First made in 1962 the 100% Barossa fruit is made into a rich, complex and generous wine.
The Cabernet Sauvignon components were sourced entirely from the Barossa Valley, and provide the rich lifted Cabernet Sauvignon aromatics and palate structure that “The Signature” is known for. The majority of the Shiraz comes from vineyards planted with old vines on the Barossa Valley floor. Four blocks were selected with vines planted between 1925 and 1969. These blocks provide the Shiraz sweetness, fullness, depth and add many layers of complexity.
Made by Kevin Glastonbury, the wine is matured for 20 months in a combination of French, Hungarian and American barriques and hogsheads, a third of which are new wood.
Extremely dark in appearance with a nose full of dark fruit aromas and the leafy freshness of mint and cool spices – the aromatics of complex Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is all about Shiraz with dark plum, licorice and a melange of berry fruits, round and rich supported by firm tannins that give this wine great cellaring potential.