2012 Yalumba "The Signature" Cabernet-Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia SKU #1213008


SK 98 JH 96 JS 95
RP 95 VN 92 DC 91
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  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    To celebrate the release of the 2012 vintage I recently attended a spectacular dinner and historical vertical tasting of Yalumba's legendary "The Signature" bottling. We drank wines dating all the way back to 1961. My favorites from the tasting included the 61', 87' and 96'. These are very serious wines worthy of a place in any collector's cellar. In my opinion Yalumba's "The Signature" holds its own against Penfolds "Grange" at a fraction of the price. The 2012 vintage, featured in this offering, is the latest and 54th iteration of this limited release. It's signatory (that changes with each release) is 5th generation vigneron and Board Chairman of Yalumba, Richard Hill-Smith. This wine is made only in great vintages, and is crafted from Yalumba's best parcels of Cabernet and Shiraz from the Barossa and Eden Valley with vines dating back to 1935. It is matured in the best quality oak selected from Yalumba's own cooperage. The 2012 vintage in South Australia is going down as one of the greatest of the modern era. The wines are powerful, decadent and structured for long life. 2012 Yalumba "The Signature" Cabernet Shiraz is a perfect example of this. It has an explosively aromatic nose with briary, bramble fruits; blackcurrant, and dark plum, it is dense and saturated with wild exotic spices, toasty oak, and scorched earth…on and on it goes. The palate is juicy, flowing, viscous and mouth coating. The wine exhibits intense fruit weight and concentration but without any notable residual sugar or excessive extraction. It seems vine age and the moderate, warm growing season provided vital natural acidity to balance the ripeness of fruit. There are good, long-chain, structural tannins here giving direction and form to the torrent of fruit but without feeling aggressive. The wine, while delicious, is very primary and young right now but I have no doubt this will provide great drinking over the next two, possibly three, decades.
    Drink from 2015 to 2035
  • Jim Chanteloup
    By: Jim Chanteloup
    K&L Staff Member
    I've spoke before about how Australia's Cabernet-Shiraz blend is akin to the great blends from Bordeaux. The fact that Shiraz is blended with Cabernet is NOT their way of cheating you! Merlot doesn't work so well in the Barossa Valley. This is a wine that has been made for over 5 count them 5 decades at Yalumba, the oldest family run winery in Australia. Besides being one of their top wines, 'The Signature" has always been a chance to recognize the importance that someone in the organization has brought to the table. This year, they have chosen Robert Hill Smith, 5th generation of the family and the man at the helm of guiding this iconic Aussie winery. So, what kind of vintage would YOU pick to honor your boss? Well, if you're smart and enjoy your job, a stunning one, which is what we have here. The wine is simply gorgeous with a lifted bouquet of cassis, blueberry, blackberry, dark cherry, currant, bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, earth, cumin and a clove/pepper spice. The palate delivers seamless balance with a supple texture that is all the while supported by a fine cloak of tannins that ensure a very long life which I wish for RHS! I was lucky enough to taste the '66 a few years ago with him that was still stunning, and I put this in that league if not one of its own. This is a legendary "Signature".


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