Yalumba The Octavius has established a reputation as one of Australia's icon Shiraz wines, an amazing feat considering the first release was the 1990 vintage. In addition to being sourced from a number of very old vineyards in the Barossa, The Octavius is matured in American and French oak 'octaves' of 100 litre capacity. It is the only red wine in the world that is matured in such small barrels. The secret of the wine not becoming overpowered by the oak lies in the wood which is seasoned at Yalumba's own on-site cooperage for three to five years before the octaves are crafted. Yalumba is one of a select few wineries in the world who boast their own coopers practising the ancient craft of barrel making.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
This is a wine that needs hours to find its groove but does so with that supple luxury to texture that keeps the believers hearts’ fluttering. It’s rich in mahogany oak, dark plums and boysenberry fruit, lavish sweet spice, leather, dark chocolate and sweet tobacco. It seduces the palate on sheets of silk, slides and stains it with dark fruit, shows more sweet spice and dark chocolate, gets shape from faintly bitter tannin, and firm wood offers more edges and structure. Tight finish says it’s a long, long term keeper. Class act in its style.
Rated 95 by Mike Bennie, the Wine Front. (Mar/2016)