2006 Yalumba "The Signature" Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz): Deep ruby. Pungent bouquet evokes cherry compote, cassis, pipe tobacco and rose, with notes of vanilla and mocha gaining strength with air. Deeply pitched dark fruit flavors show impressive vivacity and pick up oak spice and herb character on the back half. Dusty tannins add shape to the long, spicy, appealingly sweet finish. Drinks easily now but this has the depth and balance to reward patience.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz is composed of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon and 31% Shiraz. Deep garnet-purple in color, it offers intense notes of blackberry preserves, warm cherries, black currant cordial plus an earthy / gamey undercurrent and nuances of marmite toast. The tight-knit medium to full-bodied palate is firmly structured with a high level of grainy tannins, high acid and just enough savory flesh giving a long finish. Approachable now, it should be best 2012 to 2018. Remaining one of Australia's oldest, largest and most prestigious family owned companies, Yalumba's top wines should not be overlooked amongst the limelight-hogging young-gun wines that have sprung-up around the Barossa in the last 20 years. Some of the region's finest vineyards are owned or contracted by this company. They've also contributed considerably to the quality of vine material available throughout the region with the impressive developments at the Yalumba nursery.
Ripe and succulent, brimming with dark berry, cherry and tree bark aromas and flavors. Finishes on a tarry note. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Drink now through 2016. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 350 cases imported. (Web-2011)