This is a wine for the purists out there with the cooler Eden Valley climate turning out a cabernet shiraz blend that is built for the long haul thanks to a chewy, muscular structure. First impressions are of a serious cool climate cabernet sauvignon – sweet leafy blackburrant fruits with pine, cedar and French oak. It is followed by a dense and quite closed palate – olive, blackberry, soy sauce and peppery spice from shiraz leading the way with hints of cigarbox all underpinned by fresh acidity and chewy tannins. It’s long, strong and a bit structure-heavy right now needing plenty of time to flesh out but absolutely has the staying power to cellar for at least a decade. It’s a sleeper for sure.
Yalumba FDR1A Cabernet Shiraz 2015