yalumba octavius '14
Signifying Yalumba's commitment to Barossa Shiraz, this is a truly individual wine, handcrafted, handmade and matured in fine French oak and Yalumba coopered American octave barrels. These unique barrels, which offered inspiration for the wine's name, are just one of the many harmonious components in the symphony that is Yalumba The Octavius Shiraz.
Sourced 63% from Eden Valley and 37% from Barossa Valley with an average vine age of 71 years. The Eden Valley Shiraz provides the exotic aromatics and seamless palate structure, while the Barossa Valley Shiraz provides richness, density and concentration.
2014 VINTAGE NOTES:
Good winter and early spring rains were followed by a windy spring that led to an uneven fruit set, while conditions remained dry and warm throughout late spring and summer. On the 14th and 15th of February, the season changed and approximately 100 mm of rain fell in just over 24 hours. This rainfall and the following cool weather caused ripening to slow down and the rest of vintage progressed at an almost leisurely pace. A moderate cropping vintage has produced wines with intense flavours combined with some of the best tannin and natural acids we have seen. Matured for 20 months in 38% new French and American oak octaves,19% 1 year old French barriques and hogsheads, balance in older French barriques, hogsheads and octaves.
A medium to full bodied brooding wine, that truly reflects the intriguing 2014 vintage. It exhibits savoury notes of red currants followed by dried herb aromatics, leading into almost sweet and sour plums. The palate depth is all Barossa Valley, with a dark bitter chocolate roundness and medium to full depth of ironstone tannins through to the finish.
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