This 2013 vintage is the 55th Signature and it does not disappoint. Each year Yalumba dedicates this wine to a ‘signatory’ in recognition of their achievements as part of the tight-knit team involved in making the eloquent Yalumba wines. The very first ‘Signatory’ was Samuel Smith, 2013 recognizes the long timer Andrew Murphy, 2012 was dedicated to Robert Hill-Smith and 2010, the indefatigable Jane Ferrari.
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz from vineyards around the Barossa Valley, some of the fruit for The Signature comes from vines 50 + years old. Some planted around 1925, making them ‘Antique Vines’ under the Old Vine Charter established by Yalumba. The fruit is fermented using wild yeasts and spends more than 18 months in a varied oak regime that interestingly has some Hungarian oak thrown into the mix.
This vintage has all the classic Barossan hallmarks that the wine has become known for, layers of complex, rich fruit with a full, smooth and warm texture. The 2012 vintage was like a chocolatey hug on the palate, the 2013 is similarly natured.
It is generously endowed in body, as with minty chocolate, liquorice, blackcurrant and plum fruit now with some aniseed nuances. As the wine develops the rich nutmeg and oak spice will meld seamlessly. There is an accomplished balance to this wine, something that Yalumba do very well. Here fresh acid pushes the fruit to the fore and powdery tannins shape the palate.
The Signature is a good performer for the cellar if you can wait that long.
Quickie review «Rich and generously fruited Barossan with irresistible shape and smoothness.»
Country of Origin: Australia Date: June 2016 Price: AUD65+ | £33.50 | USD50 Drink: 3 – 10 + yrs Needs food: when young Source: tasting