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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Yalumba Wine Seminar, Thursday, Oct 2, 2008


The Time and Date: Thursday October 2, 2008  2:30PM to 4 PM

The Event: Yalumba wine seminar with Jane Ferrari

The Venue: Biff's, Front Street

The Target Audience: wine media

The Availability/Catalogue: all of the wines are available or will be.

The Quote: "Yalumba imports oak staves from France and America, and then air-dries this oak for a few Barossan summers and winters to leach sappy-bitter characteristics from the wood".

The Wines: the seminar had seven wines --


1. Yalumba Barossa Viognier Eden Valley 2006 (+954644, $22.95) – stored for a short time in third year oak (previously inhabited with chardonnay). Stone fruit, rich and intense.

2. Yalumba Barossa Wild Ferment Chardonnay Eden Valley 200 (+528406, $19.95) – slightly off-dry, toasty wood tones, more stone fruit.

3. Yalumba Barossa Bush Vine Grenache Eden Valley 2006 (+531228, $20) –

begins tart, opens up to become more a food wine with some Euro character, generous red fruit.

4. Yalumba Barossa Shiraz & Viognier Eden Valley 2005 (+524926, $19.95) – prominent mocha tones, peppery, red and black fruits, long finish.

5. Yalumba Barossa Patchwork Shiraz Eden Valley 2006 (+98392, $19.95) – from the valley floor, where the overview looks at a patchwork design of vineyards. Deep, dark and delicious, broad fruit, powerful but not aggressive, needs time.

6. Yalumba Barossa Hand Picked Shiraz & Viognier 2004 (+631028, $41.95) – more mocha, mouthfilling, soft and fruity and aromatic. Red fruits. Could be ready now.

7. Yalumba Barossa The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz 2006 (+449017, $109.95) – concentrated and stylish elegance, from seven vineyards; long, long engaging finish. Smokey chocolate, thick. Could use more time.


The Food: breads and water

The Downside: it was slightly rushed, and I felt that we needed a full two hours.

The Upside: a chance to actually talk to the winemaker.

The Contact Person:

The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 87.



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