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Barossa Valley

2019 Yalumba The Steeple Shiraz

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This lesser-known Shiraz from Yalumba should be on your radar, having picked up an awe-inspiring 97 points from James Halliday. It's from a single vineyard planted in 1919 and now farmed biodynamically, so the fruit quality is pristine. As Halliday himself says: "This is a beautiful wine in every way - balance, flavour, purity - and sensibly priced." Make the steeple your staple and put some away in the cellar if you have the patience.

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From a vineyard planted 1919, and now run biodynamically. Picked on March 4 and matured for 16 months in French barriques. This is a beautiful wine in every way - balance, flavour, purity - and sensibly priced. Read more
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James Halliday - Top 100 Wines

From a vineyard planted 1919, and now run biodynamically. Picked on March 4 and matured for 16 months in French barriques. This is a beautiful wine in every way - balance, flavour, purity - and sensibly priced.

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Ray Jordan - Winepilot.com

These vines were planted below Light Pass in 1919 and the wine is what Barossa Shiraz is all about. It’s super concentrated and deep, but there is a polish and stylishness that makes it so appealing even at this stage. The vineyard is now biodynamically farmed. Dark chocolate, licorice and plum with a sagebrush and light cedar touch. It’s mouth filling and dense yet expresses itself with such refinement.

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Steve Leszczynski - QWine

I can't stop sipping this. Actually, substitute sipping with drinking. Just wow. Super silky with delicate spices, feed this Yalumba The Steeple to me via a drip. Planted 1919, this biodynamic vineyard sits in the shadow of the Light Pass Immanuel Lutheran Church Steeple. Spending 16 months in French oak, red fruits are dipped in dark chocolate. Boysenberry and pomegranate muse with delicate plums adding depth. Cedar adds interest with a flirtatious flash of cured meat. Black fruits build momentum over a few days of tasting and demonstrate the wine's ageing credentials. Wonderfully handled, there is a joyous presence that simply glides with ease. Spices are scattered to every extremity delivering a long and persistent finish. That classic song from Taylor Dayne keeps reverberating around my head as I taste this - I can't get enough.

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Huon Hooke - The Real Review

An interesting meaty/smoky/earthy bouquet with a trace of brown spices, the colour still bright and purple-tinted, while some bottle development is just beginning to show on the nose. It's full-bodied, rich and fruit-sweet at the core, with fruitcake, dark chocolate and vanilla nuances. Good concentration. Tannins are ample and supple, adding a grainy, powdery and pleasantly drying texture. (From a centenarian vineyard, at Light Pass, planted in 1919)

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Angus Hughson - Winepilot.com

This bio-dynamically grown 2019 Barossa Valley Shiraz offers up a wonderful core of fruit – old leather and baked over over a rich bed of blackberry and chocolate, high quality oak beautifully integrated. Powerful, and precise, it then delivers decadent power in a fame of chalky, tight tannins, which provide admirable structure. You can not help but feel that biodynamics is giving this wine something special.

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Andrew Graham - ozwinereview.com

ow elevated into the top of the Yalumba single vineyards range. The Yalumba Steeple Shiraz 2019 comes off a vineyard planted in 1919 adjacent to the Light Pass church, hence the Steeple. Lots of sexy time coffee oak mark this red, marking for a plush, oak-savoury style that is pretty compelling. Purple fruit, with that mocha going from nose to palate, with a coffee ground bitterness for good measure. Smooth, then grainy through the finish, there’s a full-bodied classicness here that feels right, even if the oak is a bit forceful now. There’s a bit of x-factor depth here, even if it’s still an irrepressible Barossa Shiraz in its big-boned plush pomp.

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Tasting Notes

Exuberant floral notes of dark chocolates, licorice root, anise, dark cherry, sage and white pepper. There is so much going on. Then into cool violets and dark cherry with red spices and dark juicy plums. This is medium to full bodied, succulent, with generous fleshy black plum fruits and dark cherries. Finishing with a savoury length of muscular tannins.

Winemakers Note

Drawn from a distinguished vineyard in the hamlet of Light Pass, The Steeple Shiraz is a true single vineyard wine. This wine is from biodynamically grown, low yielding centenarian vines planted in 1919. In the shadow of the Light Pass Immanuel Lutheran Church Steeple, the roots of these old vines run deep into the ancient Barossa soils, yielding intensely flavoured Shiraz grapes to create a wine of richness, texture, concentration and length.

Matured for 16 months in 17% new Tonnellerie Sylvain ‘Artistic Series’ barriques made from a 366 year old oak tree, balance in older Tonnellerie Sylvain barriques.

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