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1998 Yalumba The Signature

1998 Yalumba The Signature

Single Bottle - Standard - 750ml

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Tasting Notes:

Refined, aristocratic red offers tightly focused layers of currant, berry, herb and anise, which pick up a sweet-spice note on the long, firm-textured finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Best from 2005 through 2010. 240 cases imported.

Tasting Notes:

A blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon and 49% Shiraz, the 1998 The Signature is more forward and exuberant than the 1996 The Reserve. While not as dense, tannic, or powerful as the latter wine, it is beautifully made, displaying a deep ruby/purple color in addition to a sweet perfume of smoky blackberry fruit and spice, soft tannin, and a long, heady finish. In spite of its sweetness, richness, and forwardness, it has considerable structure underlying all the fat. Anticipated maturity: now-2012

Tasting Notes:

Ross White. Medium red-purple; a wonderfully fragrant bouquet of raspberry, cassis and quality oak is followed by a palate which is elegant, but with a rich core of ripe, not jammy, fruit; good management of extract throughout. One of the best in the Signature range to date.

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Yalumba is a winery located near the town of Angaston, South Australia in the Barossa Valley wine region. It was founded by a British brewer, Samuel Smith, who emigrated to Australia with his family from Wareham, Dorset in August 1847 aboard the ship 'China'. Upon arriving in Australia in December, Smith built a small house on the banks of the River Torrens. He lived there less than a year before moving north to Angaston where he purchased a 30-acre (120,000 m2) block of land on the settlement's south eastern boundary. He named his property "Yalumba" after an indigenous Australian word for "all the land around". In 1849 Samuel Smith, along with his son Sidney, planted Yalumba's first vineyards, beginning the Yalumba dynasty. Today Yalumba is Australia's oldest family-owned winery. Yalumba is part of Australian wine alliance Australia’s First Families of Wine a multimillion-dollar venture to help resurrect the fortunes of the $6 billion industry highlighting the quality and diversity of Australian wine. The 12 member alliance includes Brown Brothers, Campbells, Taylors, DeBortoli, McWilliam’s, Tahbilk, Tyrell’s, Yalumba, D'Arenberg, Howard Park, Jim Barry and Henschke. The main criteria are that the family-owned companies need to have a “landmark wine” in their portfolios as listed under Langton’s Classification and/or 75% agreement by group that a wine is considered “iconic”, must have the ability to do at least a 20-year vertical tasting, have a history going back a minimum of two generations, ownership of vineyards more than 50 years old and/or ownership of distinguished sites which exemplify the best of terroir, and be paid-up members of the Winemakers Federation of Australia.