Yalumba The Octavius Shiraz 2016
97 POINT RATED THE REAL REVIEW & 95 POINT RATED JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION ICONIC YALUMBA OCTAVIUS SHIRAZ
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- 97 POINT RATED BOB CAMPBELL THE REAL REVIEW
- 95 POINT RATED CAMPBELL MATTINSON WINE COMPANION
- 93 POINT RATED MIKE BENNIE THE WINE FRONT
- 92 POINT RATED STUART KNOX THE REAL REVIEW
A very deep red in colour. Vibrant aromas of dark cherries,aniseed and licorice, distinctive and seductive with exotic spices and espresso coffee. The dark berry fruit palate is rich and powerful, yet gently evolving, with a classy restrained elegance, displaying silky raspberry, damson plum and sweet blackberry fruits. A wonderfully balanced wine with beautiful tannins. Double decant and enjoy alongside classic steak and kidney pie or lentil, sweet potato and chickpea stew.
97 Point Rated - Bob Campbell The Real Review
"From old vines back to 1854. Barossa. Incredibly intense, dense shiraz with cassis, dark berries, chocolate-mocha, dried fruits and mixed spices. The wine gradually unfolds in the mouth revealing many subtle nuances. It will certainly reward cellaring. It has the texture of cocoa powder."
95 Point Rated - Campbell Mattinson Wine Companion
"Toast, resin and coffee-ground characters flash through pure, rich plum and redcurrant. It's ripe, velvety smooth, complex by iodine notes and firm through the finish. Importantly, for all its might, it feels both fresh and well balanced."
93 Point Rated- Mike Bennie The Wine Front
“It’s become a more modern, refined style”, explains Kevin Glastonbury, winemaker, and it was 100% new American oak when he started. Oak-tavius, as it is/was known. “It’s now about individual parcels in the right oak, now, much more French and Hungarian particularly in the younger wines, though of course American oak plays a part in the maturation time”. Looking for some refinement, is the agenda. Average age of the vineyard is significant, with oldest 1854, youngest 42 years old or so.
Scents of booze-soaked forest berries, dark chocolate, pot pourri, clove and faint coconut. Powerful and deep flavours, dark-chocolate-coconut flavours with palate-staining blackberry, fig and date flavours, cinnamon spice. Lush but long wine, intense and yet shows good energy. Slippery and full. Warmth and wood a thing here, but in its style the integration and charisma works in its favour. Intense. Powerful. Hold onto your hats. Done well.
92 Point Rated - Stuart Knox The Real Review
"Deep ruby colour in the glass. A rich nose of blueberry preserve and bitter chocolate. On the palate dark fruits flow amongst subtle wood-shavings and spices. Medium to full in weight, with supple tannins providing a lovely, focused drive to the finish."
With an average vine age of 100 years, 61% of this Shiraz is sourced from Eden Valley and 39% from Barossa Valley. Eden Valley Shiraz provides the exotic aromatics and seamless palate structure, whilst Barossa Valley Shiraz provides richness, density and concentration. The growing season began with consistent rainfall throughout winter. Spring remained warmer and drier than average and although bunch and berry size was reduced the vines were off to a healthy start. The reduced berry and crop size has produced grapes of great aromatics and flavour. A long and relatively mild summer with quite cool nights helped to retain acidity and pristine fruit flavours in the Shiraz.
Barossa, South Australia
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar up to 2034|
|Bottle Top:||Foil over cork|
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