One of the Best Reds From the Antipodes – Yalumba, The Caley

Yalumba, The Caley, 2012 (Barossa and Coonawarra, South Australia) – Yalumba is one of Australia’s oldest wineries and has a long history of innovation, with pioneering wine research at its heart. Yalumba boasts the pre-eminent Viticultural Nursery of Australia and is the only Australian winery with its own on-site cooperage.

The Caley is a brand-new ‘rare and exceptional’ release from the Yalumba family and a culmination of more than a century and a half of creating great clarets. Claret is a wine style that has developed over the years, and it’s a favourite of Australian winemakers. It pulls together two great varietals, Cabernet and Shiraz, to to create the ‘Great Australian Red’. Cabernet is often referred to as the doughnut grape, with a great beginning and a great finish, but not a lot in the middle.

The wine is superb, with incredible depth in colour, richness and warmth. It’s savoury with hints of pepper, blackcurrants and has smokiness on the nose and luxurious smoothness on the palate with hints of tobacco, leather, mocha, blackcurrant and berries.

With 2012 being both an exceptional growing year for Yalumba and the culmination of 168 years of winemaking, they launch that year’s Caley this month. Named after one of Yalumba’s most adventurous sons, Fred Caley Smith (the grandson of founder Samuel Smith), this is a nod to the journey that brought them to this point.

It’s great to drink in its youth but it’s also a wine that will be even greater with some maturity. If the Cabernet Shiraz is the Great Australian Red, then this has to be the Greatest Australian Red.
The wine is superb, with incredible depth in colour, richness and warmth. It’s savoury with hints of pepper, blackcurrants and has smokiness on the nose and luxurious smoothness on the palate with hints of tobacco, leather, mocha, blackcurrant and berries. It comes in at $395 a bottle and, believe me, it is worth every cent.


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