2015 Yalumba 'The Signature' Cabernet-Shiraz
Barossa Valley, Australia
Established in 1849, Yalumba is Australia’s most historic family owned wine company. It remains fiercely independent and extremely progressive through the generational ownership by the Hill-Smith family. Yalumba’s longevity and success is a result of patience, collaboration and progressive thinking. There is foresight to embrace the natural terroir to craft wines with individual character and a sense of purpose. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Shiraz. Matured for 22 months in 18% new French barriques and Hungarian hogsheads, balance in older French, Hungarian and American barriques and hogsheads.
96 points, James Suckling. "This has a very attractive, blackberry and red-plum nose with some leafy elements, as well as plenty of oak spice and hints of black tea. This has a fleshy, supple, bold and round palate. Very supple, sleek and long. Silky, yet sturdy. Very drinkable now and will last a good two decades. A vinous slam dunk!"
94 points, Decanter Magazine. "Honoring Barossa vineyard manager Darrell Kruger’s service (since 1975), the expressive nose reveals blueberry fruit, eucalyptus hints and mocha oak. Dried herbs, licorice, chocolate, an ironstone tang and smoky espresso lend savory nuance to the sweet plum and tighter-knit blackcurrant and berry flavors. Creamy vanilla oak (18% new) sheathes the firm backbone of tannin on a sustained, savory and mineral finish."
93 points, Wine Enthusiast. "This premium cuvée from Yalumba is classic Barossa. An almost 50-50 split of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, it is rich and muscular yet restrained and balanced. It weaves notes of chocolate, plums, cherries, licorice, olives and ground black pepper with sweeter, cola-like notes from aging in a variety of oak barrels. The fruit on the palate feels bright and fresh thanks to a nice line of acidity. It's supported by savory, textured tannins. Drink now, with protein at hand and until 2029 at least."
93 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. "Yalumba's 2015 The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz features complementary notes of cedar and cassis, vanilla and blackberries, mint and black olives. It's full-bodied and velvety in feel, with ample tannin but also a sense of generosity, and it has a long, grainy-textured finish. Concentrated and intense, it should age well for a decade and a half or more. This 46th vintage of The Signature has been dedicated to Darrell Kruger, Barossa vineyard manager for Yalumba since 1975."