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For more winery information see the main Yalumba entry in the Eden Valley region

Yalumba is based in the Eden Valley near Angaston but has vineyards for many of its reds in the warmer Barossa Valley including the super-premium Octavius Shiraz.

Tasting Notes

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)

Latest Reviews

Yalumba Octavius Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($110)

Drink: 2030+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2016, mix of Barossa and Eden Valley fruit with an average vine age of 96 years, heady and concentrated blackberry essence, blueberry and dark plum with black pepper, violet, asian spice and liquorice notes, earthy with smoked game and ironstone mineral aspects, the US, French and Hungarian oak treatments bring overt but complex toasty mocha/cedar oak aspects to the long palate, firm and grainy tannins,has some elegance from the milder vintage (*****)

Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($53)

Drink: 2032+

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, the mild vintage has brought out the opulent best in this blend, floral and vibrant blackberry, blueberry and mulberry with min, violet and sage notes, deep set and penetrating with some game notes, minerally with grainy tannins and balanced mocha/clove oak (*****)

Yalumba Old Bush Vines Grenache 2014

Purchased: Vintage Cellars, South Melbourne ($22)

Drink:  2018

(GXY) Tasting:  Jan  2016, fresh, juicy and silky redcurrant and mulberry with white pepper and rose petal notes, medium bodied with fine savoury tannins and a streak of graphite minerality, good value (****)

Yalumba Bush Vines Grenache 2011

Purchased: Not: ($18)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: May 2015, from 30-70 year old vines in a very cold, wet vintage, this starting to settle down into a pleasant juicy and aromatic light-medium wine showing strawberry and redcurrants with rose petal, garden herb and white pepper notes, fine savoury tannins and a streak of graphite minerality, quite different from most other vintages (****)

Yalumba Running With Bulls Barossa Tempranillo 2010

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2011, approachable drink soon style showing glossy black cherry and redcurrant with cola and dried herb notes, fleshy, textured and medium bodied with chalky savoury tannins, good entry example (****)

Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($47)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, velvety mulberry, blackberry and blackcurrant with fig and dried herb notes, savoury and medium-full bodied and even weighted palate although fruit finishes fractionally short, complex French/US/Hungarian oak treatments brings cedar/clove/dark chocolate to the finish, lots of powdery tannins (****)

Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Barossa Shiraz 2006

Purchased: Not ($100)

Drink: 2021+

(GXY) Tasting: May 2011, heady aromatics, tarry and concentrated showing blackberry, prune and dark plum with black pepper, liquorice and asian spice notes, supple and earthy with smoked meat nuances and ironstone minerality, the combination of US/French and Hungarian oak brings charry mocha-vanilla-cedar oak and toasted oak spice, long and ripe tannic structure, well structured despite some marginal over-ripeness (****1/2)

Yalumba Patchwork Barossa Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, from a patchwork of vineyards across the Barossa which adds to complexity, bright and flavoursome blackberry, dark plums and raspberry with dried berb, cinnamon and liquorice notes, smooth and medium-full bodied with some dusty tannins, toasty oak brings roast coffee and dark chocolate features, good value for the price point (***1/2)

Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Barossa Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($90)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, dense and meaty blackberry, dark plum and mulberry with white pepper, graphite, mint and anise, the power comes from the fruit rather the modest 14.5% alcohol or heavy-handed extraction, spicy and savoury palate is underpinned with ironstone minerality, finishes with charry cedar-vanilla and a touch of dark chocolate and menthol, the balance between the elements and carefully controlled extract is what lifts this above many other old vine Barossa super-premiums (*****)

Yalumba The Signature Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($43)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, one of Australia’s most famous examples of this blend (60:40 this time), vibrant core of redcurrant, mulberry and dark plums with liquorice and some mint leaf notes, medium-full bodied with backbone of firm minerality, the finish shows some savoury meat notes alongside the mocha, cedar and clove oak aspects and lingering grainy tannins (****1/2)

Yalumba D Black Sparkling 2002

Purchased: Not ($37)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, cellar door only, a richly flavoured and creamy sparkling red derived from 60% Cabernet and 40% Shiraz, residual blackberry with dark chocolate and cola aspects, there is also some mint and mocha hints, has some appeal and length but the dosage input is a little too overt for a higher score (****)

Yalumba Hand Picked Barossa Tempranillo Grenache Viognier 2007

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, eclectic blend of 90% Tempranillo, 5% Grenache and 5% Viognier, perfumed, silky and medium bodied redcurrant, cherry and plum with a bit more palate weight coming from the herbally dark fruits on the mid-palate, savoury with apricot from the Viognier fortunately showing more on the bouquet than the palate (***1/2)

Yalumba Hand Picked Barossa Mourvedre Grenache Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, spicy blend of 60% Mourvedre, 20% Grenache, 20% Shiraz, silky blackberry, black cherry and dried herbs with a touch of raspberry, spicy entry leads to a savoury roast meat mid-palate, finely grained tannins, 10 months in French and Hungarian oak brings cedar-vanilla-clove to the finish (***1/2)

Yalumba Barossa Bush Vine Grenache 2008

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, juicy and spicy raspberry, stewed plum and blueberry with savoury meat and liquorice nuances, medium-full bodied but feels lighter, restrained oak brings cinnamon-clove-vanilla and a dab of dark chocolate, fine grainy tannins, slightly confectionary but has pleasing length (***1/2)

Yalumba Barossa Running With Bulls Tempranillo 2008

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, bright cherry and dark plum with flashes of redcurrant, lightly spiced and medium bodied with a savoury finish and dusty tannins, seasoned cedar oak, not particularly complex (***)

Yalumba Signature Cabernet Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($47)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, taut with a dense core of smoky and spicy blackcurrant, redcurrant and blueberry with violet and liquorice notes, medium-full bodied with firm minerality, the oak also brings clove, mocha-chocolate and cedar aspects, good length and consistency (****)

Yalumba Signature Cabernet Shiraz 2003

Purchased: Not ($47)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: April 2008, ripe and meaty blend showing lush cassis, blueberry and mulberry with dark olive and dried herb complexity, still quite tightly structured, medium-full bodied with long savoury tannins, nicely crafted smoky cedar-vanilla oak with some mocha notes (****)

Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2003

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda ($11)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2008, spicy raspberry and dark plums and some mid-plate cherry, smooth and sweet palate but does not get too confectionary, clove and black pepper spice, ample chocolate-cedar oak with rounded dusty tannins (***)

Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2005

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) March 2007, Gold Medal and Trophy for Best Medium Bodied Red at 2007 Royal Sydney Wine Show. spicy raspberry and blueberry, smooth and sweet up front palate but does not get too confectionary, light chocolate-cedar oak with dusty tannins (***)

Yalumba Signature Cabernet Shiraz 1995

(W) Cassis, chocolate and raspberry fruit aromas and flavours fill a wine with excellent structure, weight, texture and balance; a long, lingering, fruit-driven finish shows the deft use of smoky oak

Purchased: Parkhill Cellars, North Melb ($45)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Not Reviewed Yet