YALUMBA, 'VIGIL' CABERNET SHIRAZ
BAROSSA VALLEY, AUSTRALIA 2015
Why It's Special:
A bold, brilliant 96-point Cabernet for less than $34 a bottle, from the greatest name in the Land Down Under, Yalumba Family Winemakers – an "Aussie icon," in the words of Robert Parker.
What They're Saying: "A star of the 2017 vintage," James Suckling declared, singling out its "richly concentrated core of black fruit," its "deeply powerful tannins," its "seamlessly integrated oak."
The Story: No winery in Australia has a deeper, more nuanced sense of terroir than Yalumba (the name means "all the land around," in the Aboriginal), a function of 174 years spent in the fertile Eden Valley. You see this respect for the land in the winemaking, under the direction of Kevin Glastonbury. All farming is organic, wild fermentations are the norm, and, as Glastonbury will tell you, each vintage dictates the terms of its production -- in other words, it is the wine, and not the winemaker, that determines the choices that get made.
The Specs: A blend, primarily, of Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon and Barossa Shiraz, it benefited enormously from a cooler vintage, providing the grapes with long, even ripening – you can taste the results, above all in the purity of its fruit and in the concentration of its flavor. The wine matured for 22 months in new French barriques, and in French and Hungarian hogsheads.
Our Tasting Notes: Its size is impressive. Its length and concentration, too. But what struck us most of all is its seamlessness -- the way it just glides on the tongue.
Fun Fact: Samuel Smith, the English immigrant who founded the estate, planted his very first vintage under moonlight -- a recognition of the mystery of nature and the cosmos that, to this day, more than a century-and-a-half later, is reflected in the winemaking.
What to Pair It With: Barbecued ribs; grilled steaks with chimichurri; braised lamb shanks; roasted mushrooms with chili oil.
Our Guarantee: We always buy direct and only source direct, so rest assured – your wine will arrive in your hands with pristine provenance. Act now to secure yours!
*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Fall 2023. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in MI, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Monday, May 29th, 2023.
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