Yalumba The Y Series Shiraz 2014

Y-Series-ShirazThe Yalumba The Y series Shiraz 2014 is sourced from vineyards located in South Australia. Yalumba is the oldest family owned winery in Australia, its founder, Samuel Smith, planted the first vines in 1849. The Y Series of wines features affordable, classic wines that use grapes from the best regions of South Australia. There are 18 grape growing regions in South Australia, Yalumba sources grapes from 10 of them including, Barossa, McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek. Yalumba also owns their own cooperage (makes their own wine barrels) and has done so for over 100 years. There are few wineries in the world that can produce their own barrels.

The color is a deep, rich, dark cherry red with a clear halo. The nose is spicy, spearmint, baking spice and oak spice along with blackberry, cherry and menthol. This is a full bodied, rich, spice driven wine, though the spice cools down as the wine opens up. It tastes of cherry, blueberry, licorice, vanilla and Altoids spice. The mid-palate brings raspberry, mint, savory mushroom and exotic spice. This wine has loads of flavor, but it shows balance, this is no “fruit bomb”. The tannins let you know they are there but do not interfere with the flavor profile. The acidity is well balanced, this Shiraz will work well as a food wine. The finish is full and long.

The Yalumba The Y series Shiraz 2014 is bottle that really delivers, especially since it should be found for around $12. Tasty and complex, bold yet balanced, this is a wine with personality.  The multitude of flavors and spice may make the Yalumba Shiraz a bit of a challenge for wine pairing, pork loin, gourmet tacos or pot roast should work just fine.

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