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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