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Yalumba Shiraz Barossa Valley the Octavius 2006

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One of the Barossa's finest old vine Shiraz wines. It is the only red table wine in the world that is aged in oak octaves - 100-litre American oak barrels handcrafted by Yalumba's own coopers. Robust and powerful and rich in texture.This wine is a deep bold red purple showing exotic fig and plum sauce, mocha and black liquorice notes. The wine is dense and brooding, showing sweet Shiraz fruit concentration and fine seamless tannins. Long and lush through the finish, it has great integration, style and elegance.

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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 Valley the Octavius

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,917
4.50 5
10/14/2013

Leathery and a bit of animal greets the nose though in a very clean and pure way developing complex and deep aromas of plum and crushed berries over a base of wood spice. One gets the sensation of a bit of over-ripeness in the mouth, though this shows nicely judged tannins supporting blue fruit that explodes on the mid-palate with, gorgeous inner mouth perfumes, filled with hints of flowers and black pepper. Wonderfully knit together, this is layered and fruity with well judged oak that marries the fruit perfectly right through the long, sapid finish. This is at peak and lovely though there’s no rush to drink this. 94pts


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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065220,917
4.70 5
10/14/2013

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Yalumba Shiraz Barossa Valley the Octavius

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/21/2014

Black plum and black fig flavors sweeten this shiraz which aged in small oak octaves Wine & Spirits.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

As usual when young the oak is obvious in the 2006 Octavius reeking of smoke and cured meats. But there


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Rich in flavor and generous in style this is well-focused to emphasize refinement over power offering cherry blackberry and floral flavors that persist nicely on the lingering finish. Drink now through 2016.



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One of the Barossa's finest old vine Shiraz wines. It is the only red table wine in the world that is aged in oak octaves - 100-litre American oak barrels handcrafted by Yalumba's own coopers. Robust and powerful and rich in texture.This wine is a deep bold red purple showing exotic fig and plum sauce, mocha and black liquorice notes. The wine is dense and brooding, showing sweet Shiraz fruit concentration and fine seamless tannins. Long and lush through the finish, it has great integration, style and elegance.

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