Shiraz Barossa Eden South Australia
The Hill-Smith family were at the very genesis of the Australian wine industry and made a major contribution to the development of Cabernet Shiraz as an internationally recognizable genre of wine. Yalumba was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith, migrant and brewer, he settled in the village of Angaston. Smith and Smith Jr planted their first vines by moonlight. Samuel liked the name Yalumba, an indigenous term referring to all the land around. The Signature has been relied upon by enthusiasts of the enduring claret style, ever since inaugural vintage of 1962.
After five generations and 160 years, Yalumba remains Australia's oldest family owned and operated winemaking estate. The dedicated team are as passionate about the culture of wine, as they are to the preservation of environment and health of the land. Parcels of Cabernet and Shiraz are separately vinified in a mix of six tonnes static potter fermenters or eight tonnes open fermenters. The wild indigenous yeasts naturally present on grape skins initiate vinification. Cultured yeasts are added to complete the ferments. The wild ferments contribute complexity, creating richness and fine texture. Matured twenty two months in a selection of seasoned and new, French, American and Hungarian oak hogsheads and barriques.
Dark red with purple hues. Highly aromatic, fresh menthol and red currants, tobacco leaf and cedary spice, all supported by violet and cherry floral notes. Brightness of fruit compliments mid palate richness and texture, a perfectly balanced wine with juicy acidity and fine mouth coating tannins. Long and persistent, the Signature combines concentration with elegance while expressing great purity of Barossa fruit.