Yalumba The Octavius Shiraz 2017
97 POINT RATED NED GOODWIN MW HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION & 96 POINT RATED AARON BRASHER THE REAL REVIEW
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- 97 Point Rated Ned Goodwin Mw Halliday Wine Companion
- 96 Point Rated Aaron Brasher The Real Review
- 93 Point Rated Gabrielle Poythe Real Review
- 90 Point Rated Gary Walsh The Wine Front
Barossa Valley, South Australia
|Drink now or cellar up to 2032
|Foil over cork
Deep red in colour with purple hues. Alluring aromas of spicy perfume, fresh lifted red cherry florals, blueberries, blackberries and dark plums entwined in cocoa powder and savoury notes. A deliciously complex palate with textural concentration and a rich core of currants, blue and black fruits wrapped in long, seamless, elegantly refined tannins. Enjoy with mushroom tartlets, grilled sirloin and seasonal greens or mushroom and garlic orecchiette.
A wet winter and spring provided plenty of available water throughout the root zone for the vines to access. Spring and early summer temperatures were mild and below average, resulting in long, even ripening. Warm, dry days and cool nights followed from late summer into autumn. These ideal conditions for grape growing allowed us to make optimal picking decisions leading to grapes with purity of fruit balanced with great concentration of flavour. Fruit for this wine is sourced from six vineyards across the Barossa, the oldest parcel of Shiraz is gently hand-picked from Eden Valley vines planted in 1854. With an average vine age of 82 years, 71% of this Shiraz is sourced from the Barossa Valley and 29% from Eden Valley. Barossa Valley Shiraz provides richness, density and concentration, while Eden Valley Shiraz provides the exotic aromatics and seamless palate structure.
97 Point Rated - Ned Goodwin Mw Halliday Wine Companion
For long an Australian icon, this has really lightened up its act. For the better. The sort of exotic perfume-lifted lilac floral-seldom seen across shiraz from such a warm zone. Pulpy and juicy in the mouth, rather than over-extracted and desiccated. A beautiful sash of oak, directing a cavalcade of clove, five spice and ample blue to dark fruit references along a skein of peppery acidity. Riveting complexity and the feeling of something far lighter than the ABV suggests. This is a thrilling wine. There are no two ways about it.
96 Point Rated - Aaron Brasher The Real Review
Incredibly deep, dark and blackly opaque in the glass, fabulous colour for a five year-old wine. Engulfing aromas of stewed plum, sweet spice, licorice, sweet oak, cola and ferrous earth. Rich, full, mouth-filling and plush flavours of stewed plum, mulberry, Christmas pudding, sweet spice, cola and licorice. Full bore, powerful, hedonistic: this is a wine of epic proportions, but also supreme balance.
93 Point Rated - Gabrielle PoyThe Real Review
Tertiary notes of mulch and fresh leather mix with vanilla, ripe raspberries and black plums on the nose. With air, licorice and nutmeg join in. The palate flows beautifully, a core of primary fruit pushes the wine along while complex tertiary notes add interest. Its suave delivery is impressive. There's oak but it marries nicely to the fruit and while it's a pleasure to drink now, it has excellent aging potential.
90 Point Rated - Gary Walsh The Wine Front
Never an RRP on the side of a bottle from Yalumba. Very ripe, very oaky, with toasted coconut oak and mint, blackberry and cola. Soft and squishy, sweet bourbon and coke flavours, a silty mat of tannin, some orange juice acidity, and a robust coconut finish of solid length. Too much oak without depth of fruit to go with it, though some will love it for its overt character.
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