Yalumba The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz (Barossa) 2001
"Still a little raw and sinewy, this firm and slightly gritty red blend should evolve considerably further. A floral, meaty and cassis-like bouquet reveals undertones of currants, prunes and baked earth, while its palate already has plenty of leathery development, finishing with suggestions of baked plums, cherry kernals, mint and menthol."
Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2010
"Cabernet Shiraz is the great Australian blend - wines with the flesh of Shiraz and the sturdy backbone of Cabernet Sauvignon, qualities that made the Penfolds 1962 Bin 60A the greatest Australian wine to date. Yalumba's Reserve is their pinnacle wine - the wine I like to call Yalumba Grange, made only from the best fruit and only when the vintage and winemaking are perfect. The 2001 vintage is only the 4th release of this great Australian wine and is an absolute cracker - dense, complex, perfectly balanced and with immaculate structure guaranteeing 20 years aging potential.
Robert Parker writes "96 Points - This stunning Shiraz is one of the greatest wines made in South Australia. 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."
Angus Hughson, WineArk (email@example.com), 22 April 2008
94 Points - "Made mainly from Eden Valley fruit, from old, low-yielding vines in clay-based soils .... feral yeasts have been used, and home-coopered French oak. It has whiffs of Colombine caramel toffee above its mushroomy earth, polished harness, and well-cooked blackberry pie aromas, stiff natural acidity and chalky tannins. A classic."p>
Phillip White, The Independent Weekly (Aus), 8 September 2007
95 Points - "The 2001 The Reserve is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Shiraz aged for 20 months in 70% 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 cellaring and will drink well through 2040."
Dr Jay Miller, reviewer on behalf of Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (USA), 31 October 2007
94 Points - "Closed, but exceptionally promising, the 2002 The Reserve (78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Shiraz that received treatment similar to the previous wines) is a full-bodied, intense, opaque purple-colored cuvee. The tannins quickly come up, and the overall impression is of a big, deep, powerful, rich, concentrated wine with impressive harmony, extract, and potential. It needs another 3-4 years of bottle age, and should last for 25-30 years."
Robert Parker Jnr, Wine Advocate - Issue 167 (USA), 31 October 2006