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Yalumba Cabernet Sauvignon - Shiraz The Caley 2012 750ml

size
750ml
country
Australia
appellation
Coonawarra
JS
98
WA
96
VM
96
DC
95
WS
95
Additional vintages
JS
98
Rated 98 by James Suckling
#11 of TOP 100 AUSTRALIAN WINES OF 2017 - This is a strong cross-regional combination. Immense depth of olives, cassis, blue plums and iodine with blackberries, earthy nuances, fragrant baking spices and chocolate. The palate is beautifully assembled with deep-set tannins that carry long and majestic. Rich dark-fruit flavors. A landmark first release that will drink well for decades. Drink from 2024. (Suckling) ... More details
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Yalumba Cabernet Sauvignon - Shiraz The Caley 2012 750ml

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JS
98
WA
96
VM
96
DC
95
WS
95
JS
98
Rated 98 by James Suckling
#11 of TOP 100 AUSTRALIAN WINES OF 2017 - This is a strong cross-regional combination. Immense depth of olives, cassis, blue plums and iodine with blackberries, earthy nuances, fragrant baking spices and chocolate. The palate is beautifully assembled with deep-set tannins that carry long and majestic. Rich dark-fruit flavors. A landmark first release that will drink well for decades. Drink from 2024. (Suckling)
WA
96
Rated 96 by 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.
VM
96
Rated 96 by Vinous Media
Opaque, bright-hued ruby. Deeply pitched, smoke-accented blackberry, boysenberry cherry liqueur, potpourri and cured tobacco aromas are lifted by a sexy floral note and a touch of cracked pepper. Rich but energetic, almost weightless as well, showing excellent focus and spicy thrust to its dark berry and floral pastille flavors. Smoothly balances richness and finesse and shows no rough edges. Finishes on a smoky mineral note, with outstanding tenacity, lingering floral character and velvety, well-knit tannins that lend subtle grip.
DC
95
Rated 95 by Decanter
This is the inaugural release of the Caley, conceived as a super-premium wine which becomes Yalumba's flagship product. It's named after Fred Caley Smith, the grandson of Yalumba's founder, a horticulturalist who, in 1893, embarked on a journey around the world to report on scientific and horticultural experiments and discoveries. His observations helped to mould the way Yalumba managed their vineyards, including leading them towards sustainable viticulture. This wine is a blend of 52% Coonawarra Cabernet, 27% Barossa Cabernet, and 21% Barossa Shiraz, fermented in open-top fermenters with wild yeasts and matured in French barriques coopered on-site for 22 months. It is then bottle aged for a further 36 months. The result is a plush, vibrant aroma of red and black fruit intertwined with fragrant cedar notes. The palate is extremely juicy and surprisingly light footed. Tangy raspberry hints lead into spice, liquorice and dark fruits. The acidity combines with finely textured tannins to perfectly frame the beautiful fruit. Fuller and darker than the Signature, this is big yet elegant, making the most of that multi-regional fruit. 500 cases produced.
WS
95
Rated 95 by 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, where details of sandalwood, fresh mint and cigar box linger. Drink now through 2030. 33 cases imported.
Winery
Deep, dense red in colour. Distinct Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon aromas: fresh, cool and refined green olive, leafiness, iodine and intriguing, fine and complex aromatics. Richness and precision, revealing refinement of Shiraz with red currant and spice. Perfectly balanced acid and tannin line sweeping through to the long finish.
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size
750ml
country
Australia
appellation
Coonawarra
Additional vintages
Overview
#11 of TOP 100 AUSTRALIAN WINES OF 2017 - This is a strong cross-regional combination. Immense depth of olives, cassis, blue plums and iodine with blackberries, earthy nuances, fragrant baking spices and chocolate. The palate is beautifully assembled with deep-set tannins that carry long and majestic. Rich dark-fruit flavors. A landmark first release that will drink well for decades. Drink from 2024. (Suckling)
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Vintage: 2012

2012 has, so far been a positive year for wineries around the world. While it may be a little too early to speak of the wines being made in the northern hemisphere, European and North American wineries have already begun reporting that their harvesting season has been generally very good, and are predicting to continue with the kind of successes they saw in 2011. However, 2012 has been something of a late year for France, due to unpredictable weather throughout the summer, and the grapes were ripening considerably later than they did in 2011 (which was, admittedly, an exceptionally early year). French wineries are claiming, though, that this could well turn out to be advantageous, as the slow ripening will allow the resulting wines to express more flavour and features of the terroir they are grown in. The southern hemisphere has seen ideal climatic conditions in most of the key wine producing countries, and Australia and New Zealand particularly had a superb year, in particular with the Bordeaux varietal grapes that grow there and which love the humidity these countries received plenty of. Also enjoying a fantastic year for weather were wineries across Argentina and Chile, with the Mendoza region claiming that 2012 will be one of their best vintages of the past decade. Similar claims are being made across the Chilean wine regions, where Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon had an especially good year. These two grape varietals also produced characterful wines on the coastal regions of South Africa this year.
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Region: Limestone Coast

Of all the wine regions of Australia, perhaps the most well known and highly regarded is the Limestone Coast, situated in the south-eastern part of the country, close to the border of Victoria. Here, the exceptional climatic conditions produce grapes of stunning ripeness and flavor, and result in wines which are perfectly grown for expressing the finer features of their mineral rich terroir. Warm sunshine meets cooling oceanic breezes to slowly ripen the grapes, and vintners have long had great successes with a wide range of varietals on the Limestone Coast. From superb Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz wines, to delicate and flavorful Viognier and Chardonnay wines, this region provides up to a third of Australia's wine, and is finding new fans each year.
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Country: Australia

Despite much of Australia being covered by dry, arid deserts and bushland, the southern regions of the country and islands such as Tasmania have proved to be ideal for vineyard cultivation and wine production. The fertile soils and brisk oceanic breezes, coupled with the blazing Australian sunshine allow the grapes to grow to full ripeness before a late harvest, resulting in hugely flavorful wines which appeal to a wide international audience. Combine this with the experimental and daring approach Australian wineries have in regards to wine production, and it becomes clear why Australia has relatively quickly become something of a world leader when it come to exporting their produce to Europe and America. The Shiraz and Chardonnay grape varietals have produced the most successful and broadly appreciated results over the decades, however, in more recent years wineries have begun experimenting with a much wider range of grape varietals, demonstrating how Australian wineries are continuing to adapt and develop alongside international palates.
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