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Yalumba Shiraz Barossa Patchwork 2008

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A generous wine without being jammy, we can put this down to the blend of vineyards from Eden Valley to the Valley floor. Oak plays a role in this wine and is best described as charry.

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The Yalumba Wine Company:
Yalumba was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith, British migrant and English brewer, who had brought his family to Angaston seeking a new life. After purchasing a 30-acre parcel of land just beyond the southern-eastern boundary of Angaston, Smith and his son began planting the first vines by moonlight. Samuel named his patch "Yalumba" – aboriginal for "all the land around&qu... Read more
Yalumba was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith, British migrant and English brewer, who had brought his family to Angaston seeking a new life. After purchasing a 30-acre parcel of land just beyond the southern-eastern boundary of Angaston, Smith and his son began planting the first vines by moonlight. Samuel named his patch "Yalumba" – aboriginal for "all the land around". Six generations and more than 150 years later Yalumba, Australia's oldest family owned winery, has grown in size and stature, embodying all that has made the Australian wine success story the envy of winemakers the world over. Yalumba wines have a style all of their own and each have been influenced by a diverse range of elements. Elements Yalumba likes to call 'the controllables', such as the Yalumba Vine Nursery and on-site cooperage – as well as other factors that cannot be emulated by any other winery. Yalumba’s history and tradition combined with a reputation for innovation. Yalumba Announced Winestate Magazine Wine Company of the Year 2007 “Tradition, Loyalty and the spirit of Progress” Click here to download presenter. 'Our driving emotion is a responsibility to leave a legacy and a desire to make a difference' ROBERT HILL SMITH - Fifth generation Yalumba proprietor 'The Hill Smith family has always had a good eye for an exceptional vineyard site' ROBIN NETTELBECK - Viticulturist 'At Yalumba, no aspect of winegrowing or winemaking is left to chance' ALAN HOEY - Winemaker 'A winemaker's challenge is to add an individual element to each wine. We hope to provide enjoyable, multi-dimensional wines' BRIAN WALSH - Winemaker 'Articulating which wine style Yalumba does best is almost as difficult as asking a parent to name a favourite child' SAM HILL SMITH - Joint proprietor, gallery owner 'The journey of 'Rare & Fine' has been one of trial, error and learning and certainly a rewarding one' ROBERT HILL SMITH 'I am proud to be the 7th master cooper at Yalumba; it's a longstanding tradition and unique amongst today's winemakers' ANDREW BROAD - Master Cooper 'Admiration not imitation - this is undoubtedly the catch-cry of the Yalumba winemaker' ROBERT HILL SMITH 'Our work with Viognier is testament to our willingness and confidence to look to the future' LOUISA ROSE - Winemaker 'We are committed to minimising environmental impact for a sustainable, successful future' CECIL CAMILLERI - Environmental Manager 'Our goal is to be the finest independent Australian Winemaker and Wine Ambassador' ROBERT HILL SMITH Read less

Editorial Reviews for Yalumba Shiraz Barossa Patchwork

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,833
4.50 5
12/09/2010

Vanilla, dried plum, cracked pepper and wood spice greet the nose. This is very clear on entry, low and focused with a mineral edge and bright acids. It’s a bit compressed on the mid-palate and needs time to open but reveals lovely purity and definition on the backend. The finish is long, firm and lightly spicy, with impressive purity to the plum and violet fruit. Well-proportioned and balanced. 91pts


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Snooth User: Lucha Vino
24961291,252
3.50 5
11/12/2010

Dark redish purple color with a nose of blueberries, pepper, spice and chocolate. The palate features red fruit and plum with some nice supporting tartness in the background. The finish includes semi-sweet chocolate, pepper and black cherry. On day two there were noticeable notes of cinnamon coming out on the nose and palate.


Snooth User: outthere
3244434,183
3.50 5
11/10/2010

Drank over 3 days. Pop and Pour - Dark ruby, nose closed, palate spicy and fruity. After 30 minutes in the glass I felt like I was waiting for the bread dough to rise. Big yeasty bread dough aroma permeated the air. @ 1 hour it had some perfume on the nose, a big fruity palate with some residual yeast. Re-corked. Day 2 - Still smell the bread dough otherwise the nose is pretty reserved. Big juicy, fruity, jammy palate with a hint of dusty tannins on the medium finish. Day 3 - Still huge fruit with a mid-palate Syrah tartness showing through and a bit of spice. The tannins are there but still hiding out. Alcohol was hidden pretty much all 3 days. Overall this needs to rest and find itself. 3 days wasn't enough so give this one some time or some serious air. I'd like to revisit it in a couple years and see where it goes.


Snooth User: Kyle Graynor
4557977,445
3.50 5
08/10/2011

Smooth, though a little too tannic for my taste.


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
3.00 5
11/28/2010

Has bright fruit offset by some earthiness. Finish was a bit short but was not over ripe flavours that some Aussie Shiraz have. Didn’t as work as well with food for me as the other Yalumba wines that I tasted with it.


Snooth User: Amanda Schuster
8703411,975
2.50 5
07/11/2011

Not a bad Shiraz. Definitely big and concentrated, but not a total fruit bomb. Has some interesting cedar and pie spice notes and a hint of moss from the Cab. Some grape soda-ish about it too.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.50 5
11/13/2010

Very jammy nose of rich red fruits, laced with cinnamon and loads of spices. Very spicy palate. Heavy baking spice. Very tannic. Finishes initially on lots of mineral, stone and graphite. After a couple of hours open, it integrates nicely and improves. More relaxed cola and berries retaining a nice roasted "Cote Rotie" quality. Decanting recommended.


Snooth User: StevenBabb
296258483
2.50 5
12/03/2010

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!


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A generous wine without being jammy, we can put this down to the blend of vineyards from Eden Valley to the Valley floor. Oak plays a role in this wine and is best described as charry.

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