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Yalumba The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 1998


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A wine made only when the vintage delivers the goods, 1998 certainly made the grade.  Tarry aromas, typical Barossa, with some linament and forest floor also.  Super tarry with cassis and gentle dried herb nuances, the fruit is growing with sweet ripe fruit, offset against a structured weighty and intense presence, a slightly hedonistic heart of ripe dark berry flavour with a layer of pepper and sweet leathery hide.  A brilliant wine that oozes authenticity.

Nick Stock, Sumptuous (AUS), Winter 2005

94 Points - "This was a blockbuster of a year in the Barossa, and so the seven years this wine was kept until release have done it nothing but good.  Just a whiff of leathery evolvement on the nose, alongside fresh blackberries and juicy red and blackcurrants.  The palate is still showing very young, with a syrupy opening of round ripe juicy fruit, its rich sweetness is tempered by a fresh highish acidity, and lovely mocha coffee oak running throughout, leading to a long finish.  This is very drinkable now, yet will keep for some time." Click here for full story.

Charles Metcalfe, Wine International (UK), December 2004


89 Points - "Smoky and thick, with plush flavors of strawberry and blackberry, this is a plump and rich wine. Edges of green don't diminish the ease or lushness..." Click here for full story.

Wine & Spirits (USA), October 2003


98 Points - "Another awesome wine, only made in the greatest vintages, is the limited production 1998... The Reserve. A blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon and 29% Shiraz aged 22 months in small foudres as well as French Bordeaux barrels, is truly great stuff. A black/purple color is accompanied by gorgeous aromas of sweet saddle leather, blackberries, creme de cassis, melted licorice, camphor, and graphite. Full-bodied and pure with a massive, layered mouthfeel, this striking 1998 should drink well for 20-25 years." Click here for full story.

Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate (USA), August 23, 2003