2012 Yalumba "The Signature" Cabernet-Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
A formidable wine of outstanding richness, yet it’s sophisticated at the same time. Complex aromas of black/blueberry, dark plum, floral, game and vanilla lead to a velvety palate that delivers awesome intensity and opulence. A gratifying wine from an exceptional vintage. Surely this is the best wine made under this label of fifty-year history. At its best: 2022 to 2042. Signatory: Robert Hill-Smith.
Spent 20 months in high quality French, Hungarian and American oak barrels made in Yalumba's own onsite cooperage. This is one of the richest and most opulent vintages of The Signature in the 41 years since the first was made. While the blackcurrant and blackberry fruit flavours dominate the oak, the wine has a certain elegant juiciness that offers drinking at any stage over the next 20+ years, as the tannins are supple and fine, the overall balance perfect.
A balanced, complete red with currant, spice, meat and berry character. Full body with polished tannins and a long, long finish. Very structured and layered. Turns spicy and flavorful. This is a great wine. Try in 2018.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Blended of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Shiraz, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 The Signature (Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz) is a benchmark example of this classic South Australia blend. Giving scents of ripe black cherries, blackberries and cassis with underlying cloves, vanilla and menthol hints, it fills the mouth with ripe, seductive but never heavy fruit. Medium-bodied and well framed with firm grainy tannins and balanced freshness, it finishes long and youthfully taut. Always a great value Aussie icon, this vintage is right up there with the best and is certainly one for the cellars of Aussie wine lovers! (LPB)
Inky ruby. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe cherry and cassis, with complicating suggestions of toasty oak, pipe tobacco, incense and smoky minerals. Seamless but juicy and sharply focused on the palate, offering gently sweet black and blue fruit flavors given spine by gentle acidity. Rich yet nervy in style, this blend finishes with excellent clarity and length and gentle tannic grip. (JR)
Attractive herb and cherry on the nose, then succulent and spicy, generously proportioned cherryish fruit softened by background vanilla oak and a leafy, earthy quality, with an elegant balancing freshness.