‘2012 was one of the most perfect vintage seasons I can remember, in a classical sense. It was like a symphony… It was one of those faultless years,’ says Robert Hill-Smith, 5th…

Yalumba new flagship

2012 was one of the most perfect vintage seasons I can remember, in a classical sense. It was like a symphony… It was one of those faultless years,’ says Robert Hill-Smith, 5th generation winemaker at Yalumba, Australia’s oldest family-owned winery. Along with the legendary Yalumba The Signature from this great vintage, we offer their new flagship wine The Caley.

The Caley 2012 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra and Barossa and Shiraz from Barossa. With 98 points from James Halliday and 96 from the Wine Advocate, we are proud to offer what looks like a new Australian cult offering. Only 5 bottles available.

Yalumba The Caley 2012

The Signature 2012 is still Yalumba’s most famous wine. First produced in 1962, it is a rich, complex and generous 100% Barossa Cabernet/Shiraz blend that is uniquely Australian. Extremely long-ageing and fine, the 2012 is said to be one of their finest vintages yet.

Showing off Yalumba’s incredible quality at every price point, the Patchwork Shiraz 2013 is classic Barossa Shiraz, albeit in a more elegant Yalumba style. The Y Series Shiraz 2016 is again more elegant and lighter in alcohol than most, punching well above its weight!

Join us at our upcoming Best of SA vs Australia tastings in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Yalumba The Caley 2012Yalumba The Signature 2012
Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2013Yalumba Y Series Shiraz 2016

Tasting notes:

Yalumba, The Caley 2012 – R 5,750
This is the first vintage of Yalumba’s new Cabernet/Shiraz-based flagship wine. Deep garnet in color, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz The Caley offers expressive baked blackberries, cherry cordial and blackcurrant jelly notes with suggestions of Chinese five spice, cedar and anise. The palate is built like a brick house, delivering a solid structure of firm, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness to support and complement the voluptuous, full-bodied flesh. It offers a very long, layered finish with lingering exotic spice and black berry preserves notes. Give it 3-5 more years in bottle and drink it over the next twenty-five. – Wine Advocate, 96+/100

Yalumba, The Signature 2012 – R 795
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! – Wine Advocate, 95/100

Yalumba, Patchwork Shiraz 2013 – R 265
A very good example of Barossa Valley Shiraz picked while there are fresh fruits to work with in the winery. It’s a savoury, medium-bodied wine with elegance and effortless balance between fruit, oak and tannins. Pretty close to being ready to take on all comers. Drink by 2025. – James Halliday, 91/100

Yalumba, Y Series Shiraz 2016 – R 175
Deep crimson in colour, this wine shows intense youthful aromas of ripe dark berries, mulberry jam, Indian spice, and dark chocolate. Rich and ripe, the Y Series Shiraz is a glorious mouthful of South Australia with layers of ripe blackberries and black forest cake surrounded by soft, juicy, fully ripe tannins and a moreish finish.


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