This wine is medium to deep brick red in color and opens with perfumed fruits, showing pretty blue exotic florals, pomegranate, and cranberry, with milk chocolate and licorice depth. The palate is medium weighted, with a fresh tight acidity carrying through. Very stylish, very approachable and very drinkable.
Decant and enjoy with a char-grilled rump or eggplant steak with all the extras.
Yalumba's classic Barossa red blend is a complex, restrained drop right off the bat, leading with subtle notes of olives, Middle Eastern spices, dried leaves and ground pepper all wrapped around a quiet line of plum and berry fruit. There's a silky mouthfeel bound by gentle, savory tannins with spice and plum nuances right to the finish. A fine, balanced wine set to stand the test of time. Drink 2020–2029.
- Wine Enthusiast, 92 pts.
Somehow Yalumba's 2014 The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz slipped through the cracks on release, so I'm reviewing it now for the benefit of readers who may have already purchased it—or for those lucky enough to find it still in the market. A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Shiraz, it shows classic Cabernet structure in its streamlined shape on the palate. Hints of cedar and vanilla accent cassis and cherry flavors, picking up hints of tobacco and perhaps a bit of mint along the way to a long, focused finish.
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 92 pts.