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Yalumba Review

Posted by StevenBabb, Dec 4, 2010.

I had a great opportunity to try and enjoy some great wines from Yalumba, one of the most consistent names in Australia. This is what i had to enjoy....

Yalumba, "Signature", Cabernet/Shiraz, Barossa, Australia, 2004

I have mentioned to a few colleagues that the cabernet/shiraz blend might just be the next big thing in the year to come, and the 2004 Yalumba "Signature" Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz is helping to prove my case.

At 54% Cabernet and 46% Shiraz, it's almost equal parts, and both grapes lend their characteristics well. The nose is a nice, spicy, cherry and vanilla, with just a touch of a menthol eucalyptus. The palate shows bing cherries and wild plum with chocolate notes on the mid palate. The inviting finish shows a hint of blue berries, with a soft tannin structure.

I would happily pair this wine with gamey meats, like lamb, and maybe even a smokes kurobuta pork dish.

Weather you pair it with your next meal, or enjoy it on by itself with friends, the 2004 Yalumba "Signature" is sure to please!

Yalumba, "The Scribbler". Cabernet/Shiraz, Barossa, Australia, 2008

Slowly becoming my favorite winter wine, the cabernet/shiraz blend, and this label from Yalumba will quench that craving.

With a bit more cab (65%) to shiraz (35%) your're going to get a little more weight on the palate, but still some nice fruit to even things out.

"The Scribbler", 2008, offers A nice thick and fruity nose invites you into the glass. There's cooked cherries, with a little blue berry and baking spices, with a touch of fennel. A solid palate caries strawberry with black berry, and a little dark plum. A hint of black licorice lends ways to some pleasing tannins, that may get even better as time goes on.

I would definitely pour this with grilled meats, or maybe serve it with a nice veal dish, or maybe with a slow braised short rib!

Yalumba, "Patchwork", Shiraz, Australia, 2008

Australia and Shiraz are synonymous, and Ylumba understands this.

The "Patchwork", Shiraz, 2008, is everything you would want in an Australian Shiraz.

The nose is packed with jammy fruit, and a little cinnamon graham cracker. The palate doesn't fail with ripe plum and sticky blackberry and dark cherry. Gripping tannins and great acidity let you know that this should be enjoyed by those who are ready for a strong minded shiraz.

I would pour this with some nice, smokey, barbecue, or a well seasoned steak, and let this wine speak for itself!


I'd love to hear from you, and what you think about these wines from Yalumba!


Reply by outthere, Dec 4, 2010.

"I'd love to hear from you, and what you think about these wines from Yalumba!"

OK - Yalumba Tasting November 2010

Reply by StevenBabb, Dec 4, 2010.

: ) thanks bryan....

Reply by StevenBabb, Dec 4, 2010.

i may need to proofread better... oh well....

Reply by Lucha Vino, Dec 4, 2010.


I agree with you on the Shiraz/Cab blend.  I really enjoy this blend and think the Australians have it nailed!


Reply by rahnjoseph, Dec 6, 2010.

Shiraz and australia are really synonyms and it nailed the same name with it. well said in the post. Red wines are the real specialities of aust ralia and i have tried the awesome from winegrowersdirect.

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