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Yalumba Shiraz Blend Barossa 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

A very dry, warm January was followed by much-needed rain in February. Growers ensured the fruit remained healthy, and the cool, dry weather that followed was perfect for ripening. The result was a vintage that produced smaller volumes of intensely flavoured grapes. Select parcels of hand picked Shiraz and Viognier were co-fermented in eight ton, open fermenters. Once again, we allowed the onset of natural yeast fermentation, ‘wild ferment’, to add a degree of complexity. To ensure the completion of fermentation we also added winery cultured yeast. All batches were then run separately to French oak for barrel maturation.

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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

Member Reviews for Yalumba Shiraz Blend Barossa

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Snooth User: jasonkauf
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3.00 5
11/20/2007

Finished a little weak for my taste. But some good fruit - I get strawberry.


Snooth User: MarioRobles
92120467
3.00 5
01/22/2009

I have tasted this wine over a couple of years in the hope that it would evolve and 'get better' - needless to say that my wait was in vain... too fat, some citrus notes, nectarine, lemon/lime... some orange peel and some honey well integrated but somewhat the flavours, aromas and the body of the wine do not go together... not my cup of tea!


Snooth User: oenowoman66
30864102
3.00 5
08/25/2007

drank august 2007 / good summer sipping to accompany various fare / not as fresh as would have liked / citrus and fruit


External Reviews for Yalumba Shiraz Blend Barossa

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

Beguilingly lithe and fragrant, not as explosively aromatic as some Viognier, but rife with honeysuckle, pear and melon flavors that keep echoing appealingly on the dry, open finish. Drink now.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
02/24/2012

Aromas are of grass and tropical yellow fruit. Fresh pineapple and pear are the dominant flavors on the palate, and persist on through the finish. Medium-bodied, with nice weight; very good overall, particularly at this price.


External Review
02/24/2010

Yalumba The Virgilius Viognier 2003: Ausbau in Stahltanks und in Barriques gereift, lagerfähig 2 - 4 Jahre ab Jahrgang, empf. Trinktemperatur 8°CJahrgang: 2003Inhalt: 0,75 LRegion: Eden ValleyWeingut: YalumbaRebsorte: 100% ViognierRestzucker: 0,75 g/LiterRestsäure: 6,25 g/LiterAlkoholgehalt: 14,5 % Weißwein



A very dry, warm January was followed by much-needed rain in February. Growers ensured the fruit remained healthy, and the cool, dry weather that followed was perfect for ripening. The result was a vintage that produced smaller volumes of intensely flavoured grapes. Select parcels of hand picked Shiraz and Viognier were co-fermented in eight ton, open fermenters. Once again, we allowed the onset of natural yeast fermentation, ‘wild ferment’, to add a degree of complexity. To ensure the completion of fermentation we also added winery cultured yeast. All batches were then run separately to French oak for barrel maturation.

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