2001 Yalumba "The Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2001 The Reserve is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Shiraz aged for 20 months in 70% new French oak hogsheads. From old vines with low yields, the wine is densely colored and glass-coating. It has a splendid bouquet of smoke, pencil lead, tar, espresso, blueberry, and blackberry. On the palate it remains an infant developmentally with full, ripe tannin, gobs of fruit, and great length. It needs a minimum of 10-12 years of cellaring and will drink well through 2040. 95(+) -Jay Miller. In an earlier review, Robert Parker scored this wine 96(+) points with these remarks: "This stunning Shiraz is one of the greatest wines made in South Australia...[it] boasts superb intensity, richness, body, and power. Smoky, truffle-like aromas intermixed with blackberries, cassis, burning embers, charcoal, and licorice soar from the glass of this opaque purple-colored, full-throttle, meaty, super-rich and concentrated wine. Superbly well-balanced, it is a candidate for 20-30 years of aging." (10/2005)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep red. Powerful blackberry and cassis aromas complemented by roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Lush, creamy and sweet, with deep dark berry liqueur flavors firmed by solid but harmonious tannins. Quintessentially Barossa, with broad, sweet fruit but also admirable finishing thrust and focus. There's no rush to drink this serious wine.
"One of the greatest wines made in South Australia" according to Robert Parker. 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Shiraz.