52% Coonawarra cabernet, 27% Barossa cabernet and 21% Barossa shiraz, open-fermented with wild yeast (three days) then cultured yeast. Bright, deep crimson-purple; the bouquet instantly semaphores a glorious profusion of cassis, blackberry and black cherry fruits, flavours which are precisely mirrored by the palate. But it's the way this beautiful wine caresses the mouth that is so special, the tannins polished, the oak judged to perfection.
This is the first vintage of Yalumba’s new Cabernet/Shiraz-based flagship wine. Deep garnet in color, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz The Caley offers expressive baked blackberries, cherry cordial and blackcurrant jelly notes with suggestions of Chinese five spice, cedar and anise. The palate is built like a brick house, delivering a solid structure of firm, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness to support and complement the voluptuous, full-bodied flesh. It offers a very long, layered finish with lingering exotic spice and black berry preserves notes. Give it 3-5 more years in bottle and drink it over the next twenty-five
Decidedly elegant, sweet fruited, medium weight, svelte and long red wine. It shows hallmark blue fruits, bayleaf, salty acidity, green herbs of cabernet sauvignon, but the sweet, concentrated, ripe, vanilla-choc-dipped berry fruitiness of Barossa shiraz melts through. It stains the palate with ripe flavours, sweet molten spice, soft, supple tannins. The wine is controlled, lingers, feels finessed, preened and fine. There’s a splash of tang to close, but you know that will ebb away with time, which this wine feels it needs. There’s undoubted elegance here. Enthusiasts should be satisfied.