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Yalumba Organic South Australian Shiraz 2008

 

“It needs some air but it then quaffs very nicely. Three cheers for Yalumba – they’ve delivered exactly what (a segment of) the market wants. Cherries and blackberries with a lick of spice. No real oak to speak of and medium-bodied at its deepest point. Grown smart and tastes smart. You feel good drinking it.”

POINTS: 88    VALUE: five drops    DRINK: 2010 - 2011

Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh, The Big Red Wine Book 2010/2011, 1 June 2010

 

Organic: Buzzword or Phenomenon?

"A request from UK retailers saw the creation of Yalumba's small portfolio of three organic wines, through delivering such quality at a modest price has caused wider ripples of interest. Sourced from the Barich family's vineyard at Loxton, which has practised organic viticulture since 1997 and been a regular supplier to Yalumba, this fruit was deemed good enough to be handled and marketed separately to Yalumba's other Riverland intake. It boasts the sort of flavour profile and more supple texture you would expect from cooler climates - soft, spicy plum flavours, avoiding big, jammy ripeness to instead present a more slender, restrained structure. Currently only available in tiny quantities due to the limited fruit supply, this wine's quality's not only inspiring other Riverland growers to embrace organics but also has Yalumba proprietor Robert Hill Smith considering a greater organic commitment."


90 points - "There's some reductive complexity across the top of this organic shiraz that is more often seen in cool-climate styles - it works a treat. The fruit sits in an earthy plum and berry style, all nicely lifted; the palate is juicy and lively with plenty of fine tannin and drinkable appeal. For the money, it's hard to beat!"

Nick Stock, The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010


87 points - "Blackberry, dark chocolate and licorice on the nose, juicy and sweet..."

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (USA)

 

87 points - "There's huge (commercial) potential in this (fully certified) organically grown shiraz from Yalumba. The market wants some accessible, affordable, well-made organic options.

It needs some air but it then quaffs pretty darn well. Three cheers for Yalumba - they've delivered exactly what (a segment of) the market wants. Cherries and blackberries with a lick of spice. No real oak to speak of and medium-bodied at its deepest point. Perfectly point together."

Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au, 19 October 2009


"A request from UK retailers saw the creation of Yalumba's small portfolio of three organic wines, through delivering such quality at a modest price has caused wider ripples of interest. Sourced from the Barich family's vineyard at Loxton, which has practised organic viticulture since 1997 and been a regular supplier to Yalumba, this fruit was deemed good enough to be handled and marketed separately to Yalumba's other Riverland intake. It boasts the sort of flavour profile and more supple texture you would expect from cooler climates - soft, spicy plum flavours, avoiding big, jammy ripeness to instead present a more slender, restrained structure. Currently only available in tiny quantities due to the limited fruit supply, this wine's quality's not only inspiring other Riverland growers to embrace organics but also has Yalumba proprietor Robert Hill Smith considering a greater organic commitment."

David Sly, SA Life (Aus), October 2009