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Yalumba The Octavius Barossa Old Vine Shiraz 2000


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"Sweet, faintly savoury, still needs to develop. Lovely sweetness on palate, really good fruit, fresh, well balanced. Great depth and grip - good." Click here for more.

Decanter (UK), July 2005


"The nose brings licorice in abundance, and the palate, a first class package of blackberries and chocolate, delivered in a smoky-oak envelope." Click here for more.

Wine Enthusiast (USA), August 2005


"A rich, velvety, sweet Shiraz from the Barossa.  Plum and licorice flavours supported by big tannins are best appreciated with food.  One of Australia's best from Australia's oldest family owned vineyards."

Amelia Goldsmitha & Rose Swarbrick, Turfstyle, May/June 2005


90 Points - "Yalumba's top Shiraz offering is the 100% Shiraz called Octavius." Click here for more.

Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s, The Wine Advocate (USA), October 25, 2004


5 Stars - "A monster of a wine with beautiful oak and lots of lovely, sweet, mature mulberry-like fruit.  A soft, complex and balanced powerhouse that needs to do some more time in the cellar."

Panel of Judges, Winestate, Nov/Dec 2004


93 Points - "Restrained, curranty, coal and raspberry with licks of sawdust and vanilla and toast - but at a far, far lesser oak level than in days past. Fleshy and ripe, with tips of ash and an
impeccable sense of balance - this is a world away from the general impression of Octavius. It won’t be a long-lived wine, but it is a classy one. Drink: Now-2011."  

Campbell Mattinson,, August 2004


Highly Recommended - "There’s no doubting the intensity of this wine, and the oak, although obvious, doesn’t dominate...  The tannins are well handled and there’s some attractive spicy complexity..."

Panel of Judges, Winewise (AUS), April 2004