Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz 2018
The origins of The Signature is one of the great, rarely told stories in the wine trade, a wine that is dedicated to individuals who have given much to Yalumba over their career. Arguably this year’s signatory, Nick Waterman, deserves it more than most, after helping Yalumba to steer its way through the challenges that are many in the modern international wine trade, including the last two years. It’s a wine that is unashamedly traditional in style – it’s not showy or made to jump out of the glass – the best years of Signature are generally between ten and twenty years down the track after release and this is no exception. Deep crimson in colour, the aromas are stoic and dense – blackcurrant, mulberry, earth, iron and old oak, all generous but understated. Dry, quite juicy and firm too, the palate is powerful with great impact of leathery/blackberry fruits underscored by a firm bed of solid tannins. Very young, it needs at least a decade to show its best.