2012 Yalumba 'the Signature' Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz Barossa ValleyBlend from Australia
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"Launched in 1962, The Signature is a rich, complex and generous 100% Barossa Cabernet & Shiraz blend that is uniquely Australian – a contract between the world’s wine love...
- 98 Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
- 96 James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion
- 95 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 95 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
98 Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
"A formidable wine of outstanding richness, yet it’s sophisticated at the same time. Complex aromas of black/blueberry, dark plum, floral, game and vanilla lead to a velvety palate that delivers awesome intensity and opulence. A gratifying wine from an exceptional vintage. Surely this is the best wine made under this label of fifty-year history. At its best: 2022 to 2042. Signatory: Robert Hill-Smith."
96 James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion
"Spent 20 months in high quality French, Hungarian and American oak barrels made in Yalumba's own onsite cooperage. This is one of the richest and most opulent vintages of The Signature in the 41 years since the first was made. While the blackcurrant and blackberry fruit flavours dominate the oak, the wine has a certain elegant juiciness that offers drinking at any stage over the next 20+ years, as the tannins are supple and fine, the overall balance perfect."
95 Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Blended of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Shiraz, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 The Signature (Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz) is a benchmark example of this classic South Australia blend. Giving scents of ripe black cherries, blackberries and cassis with underlying cloves, vanilla and menthol hints, it fills the mouth with ripe, seductive but never heavy fruit. Medium-bodied and well framed with firm grainy tannins and balanced freshness, it finishes long and youthfully taut. Always a great value Aussie icon, this vintage is right up there with the best and is certainly one for the cellars of Aussie wine lovers!"
95 James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
"A balanced, complete red with currant, spice, meat and berry character. Full body with polished tannins and a long, long finish. Very structured and layered. Turns spicy and flavorful. This is a great wine. Try in 2018."
"Launched in 1962, The Signature is a rich, complex and generous 100% Barossa Cabernet & Shiraz blend that is uniquely Australian – a contract between the world’s wine lovers and Yalumba’s winemakers, signed with the name of a true believer. The Signature is a celebration of wine and people – more than 50 vintages, 50 names and 50 stories – encapsulated in one historic Cabernet & Shiraz.
With an almost perfect growing season in 2012, the Barossa region has again produced some excellent aromatic and structured parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon, just perfect for The Signature. All parcels of fruit were fermented separately in either eight-tonne open fermenters or six-tonne static potter fermenters using wild yeasts. These ferments have helped contribute individual complexities to the wine, creating richness and fine textures.
Sourced from select vineyards scattered throughout the Barossa and Eden valleys, this blend is a tribute to the expertise and dedication of our loyal collection of growers. To capture the distinct lifted aromatics and structure for which this wine is known we sourced much of the Cabernet Sauvignon from the Miles vineyard high in Eden Valley, with the Barossa fruit coming from blocks in Williamstown, Gomersal, Light Pass and the Krondorf foothills. The unassuming Schiller vineyard on the Barossa Valley floor provided much of the Shiraz. Sourced from vines planted between 1935 and 1969, the fruit gives sweetness, fullness, depth and adds many layers of complexity to this outstanding wine.
Almost blood red, this is a Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz in motion, changing and shifting from red scents of currants and cranberries to the black fruits of plum compote and black cherries, before a touch of cedar, leafy herbs and powdery black spices freshen the finish. The wine has a coolness that belies its power. The expression is as restrained as it is muscular. Richly layered, the fruit completes the structure. Underneath there’s an umami earthiness, like scents of camping in the woods. Impeccably balanced. Savour with a rosemary pepper beef rib roast with porcini jus.
This has the stature to age for many years, 15+ years.
Vegan & Vegetarian friendly." -Winery
98 - Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
96 - James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion
95 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
95 - James Suckling - Jamessuckling.com
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah / Shiraz|
|Taste||currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, blueberry and strawberry|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, spice box and dark fruit|