Signifying Yalumba’s commitment to Barossa Shiraz, this is a truly individual wine, handcrafted, handmade and matured in fine French oak and Yalumba coopered American octave barrels. These unique barrels, which offered inspiration for the wine’s name, are just one of the many harmonious components in the symphony that is Yalumba The Octavius Shiraz.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
Bright crimson-purple; it's impossible to escape the clutches of the oak in this wine, but it is also true of the black fruits. I don't follow the logic of compromising on cork quality in a wine at this price, as is the case here. Having got that off my chest, there is a swirl of blackberry, blackcurrant and licorice on the bouquet and palate (plus oak), the tannins are plush, round and nicely balanced. In its own idiom, a very smart wine. Rating 94 - Drink by 2025, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2014).
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Shiraz The Octavius offers up expressive notes of warm blackberries, mulberries and black cherries with touches of baking spices, vanilla, mocha and licorice. Full-bodied and generously fruited in the mouth, it balances the warm black fruit and spice flavors with a good backbone of lively acid and a firm level of rounded tannins. It finishes with great length. Rating 94+ - Drink by 2022, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (FEB/2013).
Winery Tasting Notes
Subtlety with complexity; this wine opens with brooding sweet dark fruits of plums, cherries, blueberries and anise that gradually evolve into the alluring spice of cloves, dark coffee and chocolate.
A palate of elegance, yet with great depth and concentration. This is a very stylish wine, showing an amazing brightness and freshness combined with mouth-filling textures. The wine has purity of fruit, balanced acidity and long grainy tannins that complete the package for long term cellaring.
Try with slow roasted lamb shank, roasted parsnips and kipfler potatoes.