Yalumba The Signature Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 1997
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88 Points - "There's tons of red fruit here, most of which is jammy plum and raspberry, with just a slight sour cranberry edge. Amaretto and pastry cream notes pervade from beginning to end..." Click here for full story.
Wine Enthusiast (USA), December 2002
Named one of Decanter Wines of the Year - "The Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blend is distinctively Australian style and 'The Signature' has set the benchmark for this ionic style, drawing heavily on Yalumba's great Barossa resource of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vineyards. Deep and intense, the wine displays full palate weight with powerful fruit and soft American oak which was hand-coopered at Yalumba - a wine made for longevity, very much 'The Signature' style." Click here for full story.
Decanter (UK), October 2002
"A classic combination of ripe bramble, chocolatey fruit and soft vanilla oak. Stunning." Named one of "Australia's Top 25 Wines"
Max Allen, Inside Out Magazine (AUS), June 2002
Named "Spurrier's Choice - Best New World Red". "The 1997 blend of this classic wine, launched in 1966 with the 1962 vintage, is 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Shiraz both from the Barossa. The colour is deep but lively, with small berry fruit on the nose with eucalyptus and spice, quite 'lifted' fruit and plummy, dark chocolate flavours, whose velvety ripeness means that it could be drunk today, but will keep going for a decade." Click here for full story.
Decanter Magazine (UK), Steven Spurrier, March 2002
89 Points - "Soft and pretty, with raspberry and currant notes, shaded with hints of white pepper and cream. Finishes with polish and enough fine grained tannins to encourage cellaring. Best from 2003 through 2007." Click here for full story.
Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator (USA) - Annual Values Issue 2002
"The classic Aussie cab-shiraz blend, whose fresh roasted coffee bean aromas, capsicum undertone and smoothly pitched oak level make for a rich in full-flavoured blackcurrant fruitiness." Click here for full story.
The Independent, The Weekly Review (UK), February 16, 2002
4 Stars - "Aromas of charry chocolate, plums and vanilla. Excellent soft "approachable" palate full in the middle. Nice sweet stewed fruit and oak flavours."
Winestate Magazine (Australia), January 2002
Recommended - "There's no shortage of flavour - the fruit is rich and ripe and the toasty oak is prominent. There's even a hint of dark chocolate."
Winewise (Australia), June 2001
".. well worth keeping an eye out for. With its richness and fig/fruitcake-like ripe fruit characteristics .. Here is a lovely full-bodied and complex red that proves how well these two varieties blend .."
Geelong Advertiser (Victoria, AUS), June 28, 2001
93 Points - "Medium to full red-purple; rich, ripe, dark berry fruit is accompanied by strongly accented vanilla oak on the complex bouquet. The palate carries on in much the same vein, with rich, luscious dark berry and dark chocolate fruit supported by ripe tannins. An outstanding achievement for the '97 vintage."
James Halliday, www.winepros.com.au, February 28, 2001