Yalumba The Caley Cabernet Shiraz 2015: Review

There’s a handful of wines in Australia that are probably on the bucket list for any wine drinker; Penfolds Grange and Henschke Hill of Grace being the most obvious candidates.

First released in 2012, Yalumba’s The Caley can’t yet boast the same decades-long track record, but it’s rapidly making a case to be considered alongside this company.

We heard the background of this wine from Yalumba chief winemaker Louisa Rose on the Drinks Adventures podcast earlier this year:

Coonawarra Cabernet and Barossa Shiraz is a blend that we’ve known for 100 years, or more. Coonawarra and Barossa are the two regions that Yalumba has such huge history with, and knowledge of. We have owned Cabernet vineyards in Coonawarra since the 90s. So, we really felt in 2012 – a magic vintage – that the time was right to start to explore that beautiful blend of the two regions again.

Louisa Rose

The Caley 2015 is the latest release of this “super claret” blend. This time, it is 74 per cent Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and 26 per cent Barossa Valley Shiraz.

Yalumba The Caley 2015
Yalumba The Caley 2015

Deep red in colour, it has a complex bouquet of bay leaf, raspberries, tobacco and seductive French oak. On the palate it is full-bodied; impeccably concentrated and sturdy, with fine and persistent spicy tannins propelling it ever forward.

It’s a blockbuster in the most elegant styling; nothing hard or confrontational here. Already a joy to drink, five years in, its freshness and vibrancy guarantees Act Two will be even more dazzling in another decade’s time.

Offering a mind-blowing drinking experience, The Caley boasts the quality and heritage of Australia’s greatest wines. With time, it will surely have the pedigree.

ABV: 14%
RRP: $365
Source: Sample

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Yalumba’s Louisa Rose on Cabernet Shiraz blends: S6E9

Author: James Atkinson

Journalist specialising in the food, drink, travel and hospitality arenas. Australian International Beer Awards 2017 Media Award Winner and Certified Cicerone®.

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