Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Eden Valley South Australia
In 1974, Yalumba created an outstanding Cabernet Shiraz blend known simply as Fine Dry Red 1A. The wine soon became a legend in winemaking circles, appreciated both for its expression of fruit and restrained power. Released only in special vintages, FDR1A is a continuing example of Yalumba's supremacy in the quintessential Australian red wine genre which is an accord of Cabernet and Shiraz.
The exacting standards of viticulture practised by Yalumba bring each parcel of fruit to its optimum flavour development. Grapes are hand picked and crushed into eight-tonne open top fermenters. The natural or wild yeasts present on the grape skins are allowed to naturally initiate fermentation. Cultured winery yeasts are then added to complete the vinification, cap/skin management is controlled by the Yalumba designed cap plunger. The result is a wine with excellent depth of colour, richness and complexity. Aged for up to two years in a combination of ew and prior use American and French oak hogsheads hand-made at the Yalumba estate's own cooperage. FDR1A is a return to traditional craftsmanship.
Dense and dark red in colour. The nose displays aromas of tomato leaf and eucalypt, bay leaf and dusty earth, olives, briar and violet. FDR1A has a sumptuous and powerfully structured palate of pristine small berry and dark plum fruit. It's much riper, smoother and richer than the aroma suggests. It's stylish and tight, finishing with a burst of gravelly Cabernet tannins.