yalumba, the caley cabernet & shiraz, south australia 2012

yalumba, the caley cabernet & shiraz, south australia 2012
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
96
WINE SPECTATOR
95

Critics' Scores

  • ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
    96
    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    This is the first vintage of Yalumba’s new Cabernet/Shiraz-based flagship wine. Deep garnet in color, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz The Caley offers expressive baked blackberries, cherry cordial and blackcurrant jelly notes with suggestions of Chinese five spice, cedar and anise. The palate is built like a brick house, delivering a solid structure of firm, grainy tannins and plenty of freshness to support and complement the voluptuous, full-bodied flesh. It offers a very long, layered finish with lingering exotic spice and black berry preserves notes. Give it 3-5 more years in bottle and drink it over the next twenty-five.

  • WINE SPECTATOR
    95
    Wine Spectator

    Elegant, plush and velvety, with expressive, five spice–scented plum and currant flavors that crescendo into more nuanced notes of vanilla, creamy milk chocolate and warm gingerbread. Generous throughout the epic finish. Drink now through 2030.

  • WINE ENTHUSIAST
    91
    Wine Enthusiast

    The first release of this premium red from one of Australia’s most well-known wine brands, this is a blend of 79% Cabernet from Coonawarra and 21% Shiraz from Barossa. It’s the former that really shines. The nose is a rich combo of cherry, raspberry, cracked pepper, thyme, eucalyptus and pine, with flecks of earth and coal like oak notes. Tannins are tightly wound but not monstrous, and fruit remains juicy even with seven years of age. The structure indicates plenty more life left in this full-bodied, classic red. Drink now until 2029, at least.

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