Yalumba Wines: Letting the land lead the way since 1849

A small town named Angaston in South Australia witnessed the arrival of a pioneer, Samuel Smith from England. He went on to plant the vines in 1849 with his son Sidney, thus founding Yalumba wines. This journey was undertaken by having genuine respect for the land and a willingness to venture into the unknown. 

Samuel’s bold and pioneering spirit has passed on through the generations, influencing each of Yalumba’s owners throughout the years, all the way to their fifth generation today, Robert Hill-Smith.

Robert upgraded Yalumba to the modern era by building its reputation as an internationally focused and innovative business within the Australian wine industry. He introduced Viognier in Australia, established Australia’s First Families of Wine and also launched Yalumba’s most prestigious wine — The Caley Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz, in honour of his great uncle, Fred Caley Smith who laid the foundation of sustainable viticulture and winemaking at Yalumba today. 

Over the generations, the family has embraced the magnificent unknown allowing the land to lead the way and growing their vines with as little interference as possible. However, there is no compromise in the knowledge, confidence and expertise during winemaking. The whole Yalumba family is dedicated to the same thing — making exceptional wine.

The wines produced at Yalumba are made with a belief that they should excite and challenge the consumer. With every glass of wine, you will undertake a journey. 

The legacy set in place by Samuel Smith continues to experiment and showcase the best the Barossa has to offer. The family’s long-term vision is manifested in their marble and sandstone Clocktower; a solid monument to showcase their commitment to the region. While Barossa is their home, they make wines in some of the country’s finest wine regions like Eden Valley and Coonawarra based on their varied climates and soil types across Australia.

Their Yalumba Cooperage also proves their passion by crafting bespoke oak barrels that elevate the wines aged within them. It is the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Yalumba’s Nursery is a global leader in wine innovation, growing, evaluating and supplying quality grapevines to the Australian wine industry.

The winemakers at Yalumba have always strived to innovate and reduce their impact on the environment. With the largest solar system in any Australian winery, they have won 43 accolades for their sustainable practices over the years, including the International Award of Excellence for Sustainable Wine Growing & the International Green Apple Gold Award. 

Running successfully for the past 170 years, this story of pioneering and passion continues to inspire. Their wholehearted contribution to sustainable winemaking further acts as a cherry on the cake.

Here are some of the Yalumba wines you must try :-

Yalumba Rare & Fine Collection Eden Valley The Virgilius Viognier 2018 

The Virgilius Viognier is pale gold in colour with green highlights. The nose has intense aromas of the early season just picked apricots, cardamom and fresh ginger. Lifted ginger spice is layered on the palate with mineral texture and complex apricots and cashew nut savouriness. The trademark Viognier lusciousness of the palate is clearly evident in this wine. It is complex while at the same time showing purity and restraint that will unwind slowly in the glass to begin a sensory journey.

Yalumba Rare & Fine Collection Barossa Valley The Octavius Shiraz 2016

Full-depth purple-red in colour, it opens with aromas of fresh, ripe raspberry and blueberry, then powdery exotic spices, violets, wildflowers and black cherries. It has a plump and harmonious palate – a brooding, dense, dark mouthful of delicious Barossa Shiraz. A supple beauty that isn’t about aggressive power. The flavour is tremendously long, with a rush of energy that will carry this wine for many years. Try with lamb shoulder and all the trimmings.

Yalumba Rare & Fine The Menzies Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Full-depth in colour with a plum red hue. The bouquet leads with violet and lilac floral notes to the tangy counterpoint of seaspray and pepper. The palate is rich and powerful; red fruits and dark chocolate on a robust tannin framework. The finish is long, complex and well worth contemplating. A char-grilled rib-eye on the bone is an excellent food accompaniment.

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Top 5 Coal River Winery Wines You Must Try in 2021

Owning a reputation for quality cool-climate wines like Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Coal River Valley is home to an impressive collection of local producers and farm shops.

Here are the top 5 wines of 2021 from Coal River Valley wineries that you must try and further recommend to your friends and family. 

42 Degrees South Premier Cuvee Sparkling NV Coal River Valley – With solid 91 points, this sparkling wine exhibits delicious aromas of toasted brioche with subtle citrus notes from its well-balanced bouquet. The palate moves from light to medium-bodied followed by fruity flavours of apple, lemon and strawberry. There is subtle creaminess in the mouth after sipping this wine. The fragrances are transferred onto the palate which shows an elegant acid structure. Serve it with natural oysters.

Dalrymple Single Site Pinot Noir 2018 Coal River Valley – This stunner with 95 points carries flavours of Asian spices with some cinnamon and cloves supported by sour cherries, blood plum flesh and rose petals. The savoury notes develop over 3- 4 hours of opening with riper fruit flavours. The palate has a long silky tannin finish exuding freshness from a fine acid line, that allows complexity to build over the next 8-12 years if well cellared. Enjoy this delight with a Kangaroo fillet along with a warm beetroot salad.

Pressing Matters Pinot Noir 2016 Coal River Valley – Flaunting a deep red colour, this Pressing Matters Pinot Noir has a slightly lighter body than its previous vintages. The amazing bouquet of this wine emanates slight sulphur aromas. The palate is full of cherry and plum flavours balanced by long lines of acidity and tannins. The wine exhibits its complex characteristics through forest notes at the long finish. Savour it best with chicken.

Observatory Hill Sweet Rosé 2017 Coal River Valley – This irresistible natural sweet Rosé is a pretty cherry pink with tempting crushed red berry flavours, followed by a lingering and smooth finish. Carrying fruit aromas, this easy-drinking wine is meant for everyday enjoyment.

Pressing Matters R69 Riesling 2018 Coal River Valley – Showcasing a medium straw colour, this wine has a unique and alluring nose that is mirrored over the palate as well. The light-bodied wine is flavoured with orange marmalade, candied quince, honeysuckle and ginger. These tantalising flavours are very well balanced by acidity that offers a long and crisp finish. It is a wine to be enjoyed best with Asian-styled or spicy foods, hard cheeses, or sweet desserts.

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5 Award Winning Rutherglen Wines You Must Try in 2021

A part of the North East Victoria zone, the Rutherglen wine region is influenced by a classic continental climate, hot summer days and cold nights. The soils in the region range from red loam to clay to sandier soils of the Murray River. With its diverse winemaking history, the Rutherglen region has established its name in producing sweet fortified wines.

The cellar doors in the region retain their heritage facades. This is a place where the wineries will give you a rich taste of history in their fortified and red wines. These wineries are made from Muscat and Muscadelle, spicy Durif wines, and full-flavoured, rich Shiraz. The legendary Rutherglen winemaking families have also successfully introduced Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier, Tempranillo, Tinto Cao and Touriga Nacional grape varieties to this region.

Rutherglen’s rich past is a part of its charm, but its present-day reserve deserves equal appreciation and consideration. You must definitely visit the wine region and try out its flavourful wines. Till then, explore these award-winning wines hailing from the famous wine region.

Saddler’s Creek Rare Muscat NV Rutherglen 

This silver-medal-winning Rutherglen Muscat flaunts a deep tawny brown colour upon being poured into a glass. Its intense bouquet reveals aromas of butterscotch, fruitcake and caramel. These characters are beautifully supported by a lush palate revealing raisins and dried fruits, followed by a long and delicate finish. You can pair it with milk chocolate mousse or dark chocolate fondant for a rich experience.

Chambers Rosewood Rutherglen Muscat NV Rutherglen

A 5 red star rated winery wine with a flavour offering a delightfully intense combination of smoky fruit and spices. This wine has a sweet and lingering finish. It goes best with rice cakes and desserts or just savour by itself. Tastes heavenly with triple cream cheese!

Campbells Muscat NV Rutherglen 

A gold-medal-winning wonderful wine from the famed wine region of Rutherglen. Sweet and richly attributed, this Muscat is bright amber in colour with fresh copper shades. It has an enticing bouquet of fresh raisin fruit backed by tinges of fortifying spirits and subtle characters of aged oak. It is complex while maintaining an exquisite balance of depth and great length. Its front to mid-palate is luscious and mouth-filling with raisin fruit flavours. Good food accompaniments with this fine Muscat wine include caramelised pecan pie, blue cheese, crumbly cheddar, salted caramel, and chocolate soufflé. It can also be served chilled as an aperitif after a hearty meal.

All Saints Estate Fortified Grand Rutherglen Muscadelle NV Victoria 

This gold medal winner is a limited blend exhibiting golden amber colours and typical cold leaf tea characters. It has flavours of malty toffee and vanilla. The palate is luscious with malty toffee and vanilla flavours. Sip with blue cheeses such as Stilton or enjoy with cheese or cream-based desserts such as tiramisu. Superb drizzled over sugar baked figs with mascarpone cream.

Campbells Fortified Topaque NV Rutherglen 

A silver medal winner, this sweet, luscious, complex and elegant wine is a deep brilliant gold coloured wine, which was effectively blended for full flavour and delicate balance. Ideally, it should be consumed soon after opening. The nose is greeted with toffee and tea leaf characters which combine to display the distinct characters of Rutherglen Tokay. The same juicy characters prevail on the front palate, with a refreshing tinge of spirit and old oak on the smooth finish. This graceful wine goes well with a range of desserts and some flavoured cheeses. 

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Orlando Wines

Orlando Wines: Contemporary yet Classic

What can be the best wedding gift – A car? A house? or A vineyard? Well, it surely was a vineyard for Gustav Gramp who got Orlando as a wedding present from his father in 1874. Established by the Gramp family in Rowland Flat, Barossa Valley, Orlando is a home to many ‘firsts’ in the industry. The Orlando wines trademark came into being in 1912. It was recognized as one of the largest premium wine producers of Australia as a part of the Penfolds, Orlando & Lindeman’s Group during the century.

Orlando introduced various innovative techniques enabling pioneering advancements in  the industry that lead to the production of quality wines. Infact, they emerged as a powerhouse for technological transformation in Australia in the 50s and 60s and ever since then, they have continued on this path.

In 1951, Orlando led the industry by importing temperature controlled pressure fermentation tanks from Germany for sparkling wine technological innovation. Furthermore in 1953, they introduced a revolutionary new method of table wine production using controlled fermentation methods. This gave birth to Barossa Riesling which turned out to be the best one at the Sydney and Melbourne wine shows.

History was created in 1956 when they introduced the first sparkling ‘Perlwein’ in Australia which was called Barossa Pearl out of love for it. This wine went down in social history as the first Australian sparkling wine produced by secondary fermentation in pressure tanks. 

In 1962, the Steingarten vineyard came into existence to deliver a style of Riesling that was not achieved in Australia till that point. These achievements and consistency by Orlando brought it the prestigious Jimmy Watson Trophy for its Barossa Valley Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend in 1971.

The vineyard in South Australia released the first Jacaranda Ridge Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon with the 1982 vintage. In addition to that, 1990 saw the release of first Lawson’s Padthaway Shiraz with the 1984 vintage and 1996 witnessed the first Centenary Hill Barossa Shiraz with the 1994 vintage.

The progressive approach to bring technical developments in the wine industry and deliver quality products has been at the very core of Orlando which has made their wines legendary. These wines have everything that is great about Australian classics, thus, never allowing them to go out of fashion.

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Organic wines

Please Your Taste Buds With a Glass of Organic Wine

The rapidly growing trend of organic wines is likely to become another significant contributor to the wine industry. Australia’s Battle of Bosworth Wines is tapping into the trend by making organically grown and certified wines from their family-owned vineyards. Located out of McLaren Vale, South Australia, the winery takes its name from the original Battle of Bosworth, fought on Bosworth Field, Leicestershire, England in 1485. 

Started in 2001 by Joch Bosworth and partner Louise Hemsley-Smith, the winery creates wines with flavour, texture, purity and balance, that best express the unique characteristics of their McLaren Vale foothills site. The wines are made from vines that were planted in the early 1970s by Joch’s parents. He took over the management and day to day running of the vineyards in 1995 and started converting the vineyards to certified organic viticulture from this time.

Currently, all vines are certified 100% ‘A’ grade organic by Australian Certified Organic P/L. 

Toast to Organic Wines

Organic farming is based on minimising the use of external inputs. At the winery, the certified organic grapes are grown and processed without the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilisers, or Genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Today, the winery has a significant holding of 20 years and older Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Viognier, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc and Mourvèdre (as well as a little Graciano and Touriga Nacional) vines which are fully certified organic by Australian Certified Organic, a process that takes four years.

Creating Own Blending Components

Battle of Bosworth makes a Chardonnay Viognier blend, a Sauvignon Blanc, a dry Cabernet Rosé, a Shiraz, Shiraz Viognier blend and a Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as a very limited volume of our Amarone-inspired White Boar Shiraz. As organic producers, the winery doesn’t use blending components from other vineyards, or indeed other regions. They have to create their own blending components in the vineyard and winery in various ways to add complexity to the wines. 

Joch constantly experiments in the vineyard using different regimes: pruning, trellising, water regulation, crop thinning and other techniques, which, if they prove effective, are adopted. This constant spirit of experimentation in the vineyard and winery, along with traditional vinification and natural minimal processing, combined with organic and sustainable viticulture allows the winery to capture the purity, integrity, texture and flavour of the vineyard in our wines.

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