In my Aussie values piece I recommended Yalumba was one my five favourite Oz wineries for consistent good value wines. While tonight's wine comes from the pricier "Hand Picked" series, it still offers another example of the great values coming out of this house.
The 2002 Yalumba "Hand Picked" Shiraz + Viognier (91% Shiraz, the rest Viognier) comes from Australia's Barossa Valley, famous worldwide for its Shiraz. This wine was a deep, dense, tooth-staining purple in colour, with substantial sediment in the bottle after a decant. An explosion of beautiful aromas burst from the glass, evolving and changing throughout the evening - tobacco at first, with violet and blackberries, earth, mint, musk and leather, pepper, vanilla and butter, smoke and flint, even some almonds - life is good! On the palate it was full-bodied with leathery fruit and firm tannins, very well balanced, engaging. While unapologetically New World in style, it was surprisingly less flamboyant than I had expected, ever so slightly rustic. A stunning match for some spicy lamb kebabs fresh off the barbie. Drink now, but should be good for a few more years.
Price: C$40 (LCBO)