Gomersol Rd, Lyndoch 5351
Cellar Door: Daily (9-5)
Ph: (08) 8524 4200
This is the first winery Graham has a memory of. As a child in the early 1970s when his parents were wine-tasting he used to cross the shaky wire and plank bridge crossing the adjacent North Para River - at the time he was more interested in the fish and frogs.
Yaldara was established by Hermann Thumm, a Rhine winemaker, who was interned in Australia from Persia during World War 2. In 1946 he returned to wine-making and took over a derelict winery and flour mill by the North Para River at Lyndoch.
He rebuilt it as a huge European chateau with art galleries and ornamental gardens. While this is widespread in Australia now, back in the 1960s it was a path-breaking move, given the association of the local wine with cheap fortifieds rather than classy table wines. In 1999 it became part of the Simeon wines portfolio, which in turn was taken over by McGuigan in 2002 (as the Barossa base for the Australian Vintage Limited bulk wine company). In 2014 has been sold to 1847 wines. The brand and site have been purchased to be developed as a "significant tourism destination for the Barossa".
There are three types of Tasting notes:
(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)
(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer
(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)
Yaldara Dessert Wine N/V
Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda ($5)
(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2006, very basic sweet sauterne style dessert wine, unfortunately lacks the complexity and balancing acidity of its French inspiration (**)
Yaldara Earth’s Portrait Shiraz 2002
Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton
(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2005, garnet colour, medium bodied, clear blackberry fruit with some pepper and tobacco notes, fine tannins, mocha and vanilla oaking with some crisp acidity on finish (***)