The Caley is Yalumba’s Prestige Cuvee – a blend from their finest vineyards in Coonawarra and the Barossa Valley. And like many of the top wines from Yalumba, it is not a statement wine, bred to be bold and impress from Day 1. This is more a wine for contemplation, and that needs time, particularly from the 2015 vintage.
The wine only starts to show itself on day 2 – and that is after a five year hiatus in oak and bottle. It is not a massive wine but also shows serious fruit concentration with earth, cedar, mulberry and red currants already in balance with high quality oak. The palate screams structure – a wave of significant but fine tannins enveloping its cascading fruit. It’s long and superbly balanced too and feels like it has already found its balanced and focussed groove where it will comfortably sit it over the next 20 years. This wine really needs time and plenty of it to show its best, and how good great Australian Cabernet Shiraz can be.
You can purchase The Caley 2015 here.