Yalumba The Caley Cabernet Shiraz 2015

Yalumba The Caley Cabernet Shiraz 2015

 

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Yalumba
The Caley Cabernet Shiraz 2015
  • Vintage : 2015
  • 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
BC Bob Campbell MW 98 2015
JS James Suckling 98 2015
DCT Decanter 97 2015
WE Wine Enthusiast 97 2015
JH James Halliday 96 2015
RP Robert Parker 95 2015
WS Wine Spectator 94 2015
VN Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 96 2014
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.

Bob Campbell MW (BC) : 98 Points (2015)
A blend of 74% Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon and 26% Barossa shiraz. Tasted with the 2013 and 2014 vintages, this was marginally my favourite. Quite perfumed with cabernet-derived cassis, mint, cedar and olive characters together with a blackcurrant bud influence. A fine-grained and powerful wine, with an impressively lengthy finish. Steely tannins offer strong support, although the wine is surprisingly good to drink now. A terrific red (8/2020)

James Suckling (JS) : 98 Points (2015)
This is a great vintage for this wine with a very fresh, attractive delivery in a full-bodied style. Ripe red plums, blackberries and cherries with a cedary, tobacco edge, purple olives and fruit-steeped roasting herbs. It has a very intense, crisply cut palate that has flavors of dark cherries, blackberries, chocolate and such attractive spice complexity. Runs long on the focused finish. Regal. A great Caley. A blend of 74% Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon and 26% Barossa shiraz. Try from 2023. (6/2020)

Decanter (DCT) : 97 Points (2015)
This fourth release of Yalumba’s flagship Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz is opening up beautifully. Complexing seaweed notes mingle with cedar and dried herbs. Polishing the blackcurrant, berry and plum flavours to a fine sheen, the oak remains firmly in service of the fruit and, with powdery tannins, the delivery is seamless. Inky florals and perfumed cedar linger on the long, elegantly tapered finish, with its fine but firm chassis of tannins. Great finesse.

Wine Enthusiast (WE) : 97 Points (2015)
This is a blend of 74% Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and 26% Barossa Shiraz. It's a sleek and polished yet approachable red that screams luxury. Waves of cherry, plum, licorice, graphite, savory spices and herbs are ensconced in a subtle yet present layer of oak and wound in ultrafine tannins.

James Halliday (JH) : 96 Points (2015)
This is an impressive wine and an expensive one, clear of purpose, clarity, power, intensity and detail. A benchmark cabernet and shiraz meld: a blend that many Australians perceive as the homegrown quintessence. The oak cladding is salubrious. Well applied. Apparent, but not too much in lieu of the pummelling fruit: currant, dark cherry, satsuma plum and blue fruit references, brushed with five-spice, cinnamon and a gentle swathe of verdant herb before a finish marked by graphite and iodine. This is polished, sure. The tannins nicely wrought. But fresh, eminently drinkable and firmly of place, with a confident swagger and undeniable impact. (8/2020)

Robert Parker (RP) : 95 Points (2015)
The latest vintage of Yalumba's super cuvée—the 2015 The Caley Cabernet & Shiraz—is a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra and 26% Shiraz from Barossa (mostly from a Nuriootpa vineyard planted in 1901). Aged in almost 50% new French oak (all Yalumba-coopered), it offers up scents of mint, cassis, cola and plum. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, concentrated and streamlined, very much Cabernet in style. It's richly tannic and clearly needs time, possessing a long, dusty finish that features raspberry, cherry and herbal flourishes alongside subtle hints of cedar and vanilla. Rating: 95+

Wine Spectator (WS) : 94 Points (2015)
Generous, firm, concentrated and savory, this red offers mineral accents and touches of dried rosemary, tapenade and fresh loam that mingle with spiced plum, black cherry and gingerbread flavors. Tannins are firm and toothsome, adding a wonderful backbone. The finish is epic, with wave after wave of details, bringing black tea, licorice and tobacco notes in to linger.

Vinous (Antonio Galloni) (VN) : 96 Points (2014)
Glass-staining ruby. Smoke- and spice-accented black and blue fruits, incense, potpourri, vanilla and pipe tobacco qualities on the hugely expressive, finely detailed nose. Palate-staining cherry-vanilla, blackcurrant preserve, chewing tobacco and fruitcake flavors show impressive depth and are lifted and sharpened by a spine of smoky minerality. Gains flesh and weight with air while retaining energy and finishes alluringly sweet and extremely long, with supple, slow-mounting tannins adding discreet grip. Drinking window: 2024 - 2035

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Yalumba The Caley Cabernet Shiraz 2015 Reviewed by Wine Spectator 20-12-2021 . Score: 4