Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2005
"...The 2005 The Signature is one such mighty wine. At last year's International Wine Challenge in London, the Kevin Glastonbury-crafted wine claimed - not surprisingly - a hat-trick of trophies for best Australian, South Australian and Barossa Valley red. Since its release 14 months ago, it has achieved spectacular development, its rich, powerful and supremely elegant flavours and soft, smooth finish entitling it to very special status. With availability dwindling, now's the time to strike for one of the country's finest red wines..."
John Fordham, The Sunday Telegraph (Aus), 1 August 2010
92 points - "Ripe, round, supple, full-bodied palate, with some good elegance and fresh acidity. Coffee, vanilla, smoky, cassis, plum, peppery, black olive, tobacco, leather and mineral flavours, with a touch of tapanade and blueberry. The finish is warm and a bit tart, but the textures are excellent, as is the fruit, with an herbal edge. Drink now, but it will continue to improve for 3 to 5 years."
Stuart Tobe, Wine Access (Canada), April/May 2010
"In 1962 Yalumba created their first Signature blend, named in honour of Yalumba's founder, Samuel Smith. Samuel would approve of the 2005, a wondrous amalgam of dark berry fruits, toasty oak and liquorice allsorts with a good lick of dense, savoury oak."
Peter Bourne, The (Sydney) Magazine - Sydney Morning Herald, May 2010
"A reserved, rather closed but smooth and elegant wine that takes time to reveal its deep flavours of mulberries, cassis, dark plums, prunes and redcurrants. It's already rather complex, with a distinct presence of lanolin, slightly meaty notes and a whiff of greenish fruit that tends to diminish with time in the glass. Neatly entwined with smooth, seasoned cedar/vanilla oak, it's long lively, with bright, juicy fruit underpinned by fine, crunchy tannins, finishing with a lingering core of fruit and savoury notes of espresso and licorice."
Jeremy Oliver, The Australian Wine Annual 2010
Silver (Best in Class) - "Deep intense dark earthen crimson. A tremendous nose offering rich cassis, herb, spice, cedar, toast and mocha. Delicious ripe fruit clamours for attention but is clothed and tamed by superb oak and medium acidity. There is an earthy ferrous core to the wine, fantastic concentration with layers of fruit and spice and a beautiful surprise of elegance and finesse on the finish. A true gem and one which should cellar fantastically."
Judges tasting notes, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2009 (UK)
92 points - "Velvety and beautifully focused to show the depth of ripe currant, blackberry, grilled meat and smoke notes that don't quit on the long, deftly balanced finish."
Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator (USA), September 2009
94 points - "Good bright colour; a fragrant bouquet, with a cascade of red and black fruits coursing through the medium-bodied palate, with notes of chocolate and vanilla on the finish." Click here to download presenter.
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2010
"2005 Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Shiraz has rich berry flavours, yet with some elegance. It appealed greatly to Bourne who summed it up: "rich and plush with lots of dark berry fruit and a generous slick of oak". The berry flavours suggust blackcurrant and cedar characters, is of great quality. I liked the wine's suppleness and beautifully polished balance. It finishes with fine tannins and good length. It's ready to be enjoyed but may be cellared confidently for many years."
Panel of Judges, Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine (Aus), July 2009
92 points - "The 2005 Signature is a blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon and 46% Shiraz aged for 22 months in French, American, and Hungarian oak, 31% new. Purple-colored, it emits an alluring perfume of cedar, leather, spice box, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. On the palate it shows off an elegant personality, incipient complexity, succulent fruit, ripe tannin, and a pure finish. It will continue to unfold for several years and offer prime drinking from 2011 to 2020."
Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate (USA) #181, February 2009
94 points - "Two years in oak, then two years in bottle prior to release - it's a lovely approach. There's something old-fashioned about the flavour of Yalumba's Signature red blend . and I mean that in the most positive of ways. As a young-ish wine there isn't a great deal to it - but then, it's made to be aged. It has a lovely mix of dusty, briary, curranty flavours and more robust, chocolatey oomph, the blend of cabernet and shiraz leaning towards the former in terms of flavours, though with excellent support. It has fine tannin and enough flavour - though there's also an (attractive) sense of lightness here. If you usually like Yalumba's Signature blend you will like this - it's not overdone, it's medium-bodied in a classical way."
Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au (Aus), February 2009
"Chunky, solid and chewy. Very ripe with good tannins. A big style with good tannins. Full bodied, drink now. Nice, complex dry red fruit and oak. Soft tannins with well-integrated oak."
Panel of Judges, Drinks Trade magazine (Aus), June/July 2009