Barossa Valley, South Australia. 13.5%
In this vintage Yalumba absolutely nailed this distinctive South Australian wine blend. It makes me think all Barossa Cabernet ought to be blended with Shiraz.
It’s serious concentrated warm climate fruit yet it retains a beguiling freshness. The balance is great which given the ripe fruit and tannins delivers a seductively drinkable wine at a mere 5 years of age. Hide as much as you can in your cellars though, out of temptation’s way, because this should gain a lot over the next 10+ years. UPDATE after tasting some older vintages, sometimes alongside this 2006 I wonder if this is worth cellaring, it doesn’t gain much with age, it softens but not much more – or maybe it can age for nearly forever. Certainly the 2006 gives a lot of enjoyment now, so there isn’t great incentive to wait.