Yalumba Shiraz Barossa Patchwork 2008
Editorial Reviews for Yalumba Shiraz Barossa Patchwork
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
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.
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.
Smooth, though a little too tannic for my taste.
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.
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.
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.
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!