Yalumba Barossa Bush Vine Grenache 2011
90 points - "Plump, supple and a joy to drink, this wine features a complex mélange of aromas and flavors, ranging from menthol and cracked pepper to mocha and roasted meat, all wrapped around a core of red berries. Drink now–2018."Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast Advanced Buying Guide, March 2015
B+ - "Awesome for all the same reasons that spicy, peppery beef jerky is also totally awesome."
Joe Roberts, www.1winedude.com, 24 February 2014
"...For this wine to be easy to find in the US at under $15 or £11 a bottle (far less than it costs in Australia), Yalumba, 'Australia's oldest family-owned winery' as it is proud of pointing out, must surely be swallowing some profit on export markets. And for a wine made from 30- to 70-year-old vines, certified by Barossa's old vine guardians, it is a veritable bargain. It's also a sign of the rehabilitation of Grenache in Australia..." Click here to read full article.
Jancis Robinson, www.jancisrobinson.com, 6 December 2013
"The Australian answer to a French or New Zealand pinot noir, cited as the best red wine match with turkey, this gorgeous grenache is smooth and silky with lush cherries, sweet plums and a whisper of spice on the fruity finish. Pukka"
www.halesowennews.co.uk, 14th December 2013
90 points - "Light, bright hue; a very attractive, light-bodied grenache, with red fruits ranging from red cherry to raspberry; minimal tannins and oak, and rightly so."
James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2014, 10 July 2013
4+ stars - "...The Bush Vine Grenache (a perennial favorite) is delicious: supple, full bodied, and intensely flavored (plum, red currant, bay leaf, menthol, pepper, toast); a well balanced wine with mild tannin on the finish. From 35-70 year old vines. Aged 7 months in older French and Hungarian oak casks..."
Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine, June 2013
93 points - "An outstanding result from the 2011 vintage. This shows fine pepper and fragrance here, a lighter but very concentrated wine that is all about fruit quality. Fine tannins and plenty of pure, juicy, bright fruit on offer. Balance, freshness and vitality."
Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2013, November 2012
"...Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2011, Barossa Valley (rrp£11.99), displayed an aromatic nose of rose petal, herbs, and a smooth bramble and spicy palate with a lingering finish..."
Carol Emmas, Harpers Wine & Spirits (UK), 5 October 2012
Wine of the Week - "Traces of black pepper, violet, cherry, and subtle earth spices leap from a glass of this terrific Australian red. This young wine (it’s less than 18 months old) is loaded with flavor, has less tannin than just about any fine wine you could name, and has such dramatic drinkability that it probably will be all drunk up before it reaches its peak in 2-3 more years. A simply fabulous wine that displays all of grenache’s charms." Read more.
Dan Berger, Napa Valley Register, 2 August 2012
Delicious - "The Barossa produces some of the best grenaches in the country. As much as 2010 was a stellar year, 2011’s El Nina washout had lots of winemakers struggling to make anything decent. Not so at Yalumba’s vineyards. From low-yielding vines comes a terrific grenache, medium-bodied with fresh intense cherry flavours and a heady nose of spices combined with lashings of white pepper. Food friendly and a bargain given the price."
Dr Peter Hay, Medical Observer Magazine, 18 June 2012
89 points - "Vivid and open-textured, this bright red offers a lively mouth fell of guava, strawberry and spice flavors lilting through the finish. Drink now."
Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator (USA), 30 June 2012