Yalumba The Caley Cabernet & Shiraz 2016
Very deep, dense red. Showcasing bright, attractive floral notes, cherry, oyster shell, leafy stalks and redcurrant, all typical of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. A very defined and composed wine with engaging ripe fruits on the palate. Medium to full depth with a densely layered structure delivering a prominent yet silky tannin profile. This has a very impressive sense of composure, offering a very attractive, cedary and floral nose with deep violets and a wealth of forest wood, bracken and blueberries, as well as plums. The palate has intensely ripe, assertive fruit flavors with a succulent, dense and rich delivery of black-cherry, cassis and blackberry flavors. Density with focus and a strong drive at the finish. Long and juicy with real freshness. A blend of 71% Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon and 29% Barossa shiraz. Drink now. An elegant, markedly fresh fifth release, with restrained twig, tobacco, bay leaf and mint nuances. Gliding along a fine-grained rail of tannins, well-focused blackcurrant leads the charge. Silky black cherry and sweet, succulent plum add dimension and juicy impetus through the mid palate. Black olive, chocolate, clove, anise, ironstone and liquorice lend savoury nuances. Harmonious, tapering and persistent, the grippy finish reminds you it will age beautifully too. Inky ruby. Highly expressive, spice-accented black and blue fruit preserves, incense, vanilla and pipe tobacco qualities on the nose, with cedary oak and spice note emerging with aeration. Offers palate-staining cherry liqueur, blackcurrant and fruitcake flavors that are braced and sharpened by a spine of smoky minerality. Gains weight with air while retaining vivacity and finishes gently sweet and extremely long, with slow-mounting, polished tannins adding framework and final grip.