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Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Barossa Shiraz 2001

 

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5 glasses – "Excellent black cherry and blackberry fruit, bright and still fresh; the oak in relative restraint; supple mouth feel, flavour without excess alcohol. Rating: 96"
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion, 2007 Edition (AUS)

 

"Attractive, fresh berry nose. Concentrated dark fruit with fine spices. Elegantly turned out, good finesse and texture and fine overall balance. 3-12 years."

Decanter Buying Guide (UK) September 2006

 

4 ½ Stars – “Impressive vibrant black cherry nose with nice earthy notes.  Generous palate – round, soft and textured with lean, slightly stalky, fruit, firm tannins and toasty oak.”

Panel of Judges, Winestate (AUS & NZ), Annual Edition 2006

 

Highly Recommended – “An impressively intense and fresh shiraz with its share of oak which it carries quite comfortably.  The palate is a veritable flood of flavour, enhanced by suggestions of spice.  The polished tannins round off an impressive package.”

Tasting Panel, Winewise (AUS), December 2005

 

Runner-up Shiraz of the Year

Winestate Wine of the Year Awards 2005

 

4 ½ Stars – “Impressive vibrant black cherry nose with nice earthy notes.  Generous palate – round, soft and textured with lean, slightly stalky, fruit, firm tannins and toasty oak.”

Panel of Judges, Winestate (AUS & NZ), July/August 2005

 

"The Barossa excells at producing shiraz....Why?  Part of the Barossa's shiraz success lies with the climate, which is relatively hot but tempered by cooling breezes, with long sunshine hours and little summer rain.  And the region's old vines, planted in the mid-1800s, unleash deeply concentrated wines.  Yalumba boasts one of the strongest ranges of Barossa shiraz.  The Octavius, however, highlights a style driven by sweet, rich, complex fruit - violets, plums, spice - from old vines with a subtle but noticeable tannic finish."

Jeni Port, The Age (AUS), July 5, 2005

 

"Octavius has always looked smart, but in 2001 it truly delivers its message - single minded, almost obsessive dedication to rewarding the drinker with fantastic, broad brush strokes of flavour, without losing its footing.  It works."

Matthew Jukes, The Matthew Jukes 100 Best Australian Wines (UK), 2005

 

98 Points -  “2001 Shiraz Octavius spent 20 months in French and American oak.  A blockbuster, structured Shiraz with oodles of personality/soul, it offers a sumptuous bouquet as well as flavors of chocolate, white flowers, blackberry and cassis liqueur, prunes, figs, roasted meats and burning embers.  This full bodied, hugely extracted, monster Shiraz has amazing balance and symmetry for its large-scaled style.  It needs another 1-3 years of cellaring, and should last for 12-20 years, based on the longevity of some earlier examples.  For instance, a gorgeous 1994 Octavius, drunk in 2004, had a decade of life remaining.”

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

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