2013 Yalumba "Triangle Block" Shiraz-Viognier Eden Valley South Australia (Elsewhere $18) SKU #1295333

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Winemaker's Notes: "Eden Valley has been home to Yalumba and its Shiraz since 1849. Taking the name from Yalumba’s oldest surviving centennial Shiraz vineyard, and grapes from a handful of our most loved vineyards, the Triangle Block pays testament to this history. There is great diversity across the Eden Valley; from vineyards that exhibit quite subtle fragrant aromatics and a much finer, more elegant palate to those that are more dense in style with darker brooding aromatics and palate richness. What links them all together is an underlying finesse and purity, the hallmark of Eden Valley Shiraz. Triangle Block 2013 Shiraz is all dark and brooding fruits. This is a dense wine with briar and dark forest fruits like dark mulberries and blackberries. The high-toned red fruit edge reminds us that this is from the cooler hills of Eden Valley. The palate is all precision and energy with a refined purity of Shiraz. It shows an acid tightness enveloping the mid-palate fleshiness and then the gravelly tannins complete this brooding package. Cellar for 5-7 years."

Staff Reviews

  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    7/12/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    A bright and spicy Shiraz with the perfect amount of juicy fruit without the opulent texture that many have associated with Australian Shiraz. This is alive with red berry character and that high elevation, cool climate acidity that balances everything out. A great value.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    6/30/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    For those in the know Eden Valley is a very special place. Sitting adjacent to its more famous neighbor Barossa Valley (though often lumped in together) the higher elevation and cooler climate of Eden produces a very different breed of Aussie Shiraz. The wines from here, as exemplified by this fantastic release from Yalumba, have beautiful balance and finesse to go along with the powerful fruit and richness Aussie Shiraz is known for. The fruit is fragrant, juicy and vibrant (likely elevated by the dash of Viognier in the ferment). The wine has lovely exotic spice, some floral notes and savory elements like peppered bacon and hot stones. This is still a medium to full bodied wine with tons of concentration and power but it has a beautifully judged element of restraint that makes is such a pleasure to drink and very versatile with food. At this ludicrously low price point I'll certainly be breaking this guy out at plenty of BBQs this summer season - simply unbelievable value for money for a wine of this quality.
    Top Value! Drink from 2017 to 2022
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    6/30/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    This is an incredibly unique take on Shiraz from Yalumba. This winery has knocked it out of the park with a wine that is mineral driven and more elegant than many Barossa Shiraz's. This wine exhibits the richness that Shiraz in Oz is known to possess, though it manages to do it without any of the overly ripe flabby character. I was pretty blown away by the price on this guy given the value I think it brings to Aussie Shiraz. If you are unfamiliar with Eden Valley, this is the perfect, affordable wine to bring you into the fold.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    6/26/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    Yum! All the juicy flavor of real syrah/shiraz with none of the cloying, overly-sweet, ridiculous ripeness that made most of the genre impossible for me to drink for nearly a decade. This is balanced, savory, perfectly-finessed Northern Rhone style wine with smoked meat aromas and a peppery finish, all for a price that allows daily drinking. I'd recommend anyone with a bias against Aussie shiraz to try a bottle and free their mind. The secret is Eden Valley's higher elevation and cooler climate versus the hotbox that is Barossa. Go deep on this one if you like value and true Rhone style syrah.

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