Yalumba The Caley Cabernet Shiraz 2012

Yalumba The Caley Cabernet Shiraz 2012

 

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Yalumba
The Caley Cabernet Shiraz 2012
  • Vintage : 2012
  • Country : Australia
  • Region : Barossa Valley
  • Subregion
  • Type : Red
  • Style Deep Full Bodied
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 14°
  • Grappes : 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Syrah

The Caley is the pinnacle of a long winemaking journey of excellence, that rightfully honours one of Yalumba’s most adventurous sons. A blend of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and Barossa Shiraz, The Caley is a classic marriage of two noble varieties and two great Australian wine regions.

Experts Score Vintage
JH James Halliday 98 2012
RP Robert Parker 96+ 2012
WS Wine Spectator 95 2012
DCT Decanter 95 2012
WE Wine Enthusiast 91 2012
More information on wine critics and ratings

"Fred Caley Smith, grandson of Yalumba founder Samuel Smith, was a horticulturist who had a profound impact on the development of Yalumba’s vineyards. In the early 1890’s he spent 18 months trekking across the USA, Britain, Europe, the Middle East, India and Sri Lanka, observing and reporting on scientific and horticultural developments. His detailed letters, sent home every few days, underpinned the way our vineyards were managed, and laid the foundations of sustainable viticulture at Yalumba today."

Tasting Notes:

Deep garnet red in colour, fruit is at the core of the bouquet, all red and black currants – overlaid with savoury herbs, green spices, cedar and pipe tobacco. The palate is of sophisticated precision with a refined line. Long and textured it captures the concentrated flavours and presents them with a silken grace. Under all that supple, fleshy muscle, the wine has a strong spine, structured to last and last.
Savour with slow roasted rack of veal, rubbed with sea salt, rosemary and garlic, served with roast potatoes, carrots, parsnips and steamed green vegetables or chargrilled brussel sprouts with lotus root and sweet marinated tofu.

James Halliday (JH) : 98 Points (2012)
The bouquet has a glorious profusion of cassis, blackberry and black cherry fruits – elements that are precisely mirrored by the palate. But it’s the way this wine caresses the mouth that is so special, the tannins polished, the oak judged to perfection. drink to 2042.

Robert Parker (RP) : 96+ Points (2012)
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 (WS) : 95 Points (2012)
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.

Decanter (DCT) : 95 Points (2012)
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. (JB) (8/2017)

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 91 Points (2012)
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. Cellar Selection

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Yalumba The Caley Cabernet Shiraz 2012 Reviewed by Robert Parker 30-06-2017 . Score: 5