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2012 Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Barossa Shiraz

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Multi-layered and long, it seamlessly glides across the palate with well-measured tannins and acids. Make sure you get something like a steak or leg of lamb for this.

Winemaker's Notes

Signifying Yalumba’s commitment to Barossa Shiraz, this is a truly individual wine, handcrafted, handmade and matured in fine French oak and Yalumba coopered American octave barrels. These unique barrels, which offered inspiration for the wine’s name, are just one of the many harmonious components in the symphony that is Yalumba The Octavius Shiraz.

Full depth purple red in colour, it opens with aromas of fresh, ripe raspberry and blueberry, then powdery exotic spices, violets, wildflowers and black cherries. It has a plump and harmonious palate - a brooding, dense, dark mouthful of delicious Barossa Shiraz. A supple beauty that isn’t about aggressive power. The flavour is tremendously long, with a rush of energy that will carry this wine for many years. Try with lamb shoulder and all the trimmings. Vegan friendly.

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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2012 Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Barossa Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
This wine used to be full-bodied, with a "more of everything" philosophy. Inevitably, given the small barrels used, it has obvious oak, but the integrity and strength of the fruit carries the oak, and the tannins are no issue whatsoever.
Drink by 2032
96
Mike Bennie (2012 Vintage) says

The Octavius from 2012 is in good form, always makes me think of dark, lavish steakhouses. A great wine for steakhouses.

This is a wine that needs hours to find its groove but does so with that supple luxury to texture that keeps the believers hearts’ fluttering. It’s rich in mahogany oak, dark plums and boysenberry fruit, lavish sweet spice, leather, dark chocolate and sweet tobacco. It seduces the palate on sheets of silk, slides and stains it with dark fruit, shows more sweet spice and dark chocolate, gets shape from faintly bitter tannin, and firm wood offers more edges and structure. Tight finish says it’s a long, long term keeper. Class act in its style.

2018 - 2037
95
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
Good old oak-tavius. In recent years I've started to think that it doesn't live up to its nickname any more - though on tasting it today, it's still clear that it does. I tasted this 2006 release for last year's Big Red Wine Book and have re-tasted it today. I liked it more last time around. You'd almost call this elegant - and medium-bodied. It tastes of boysenberries and tar, blackberries and cream. It's juicy through the finish, carries highlights of dried herbs, and tastes fresh for a five-year-old wine. It's highly drinkable now, but with a long future ahead. Though I have to note: there is still a good deal of coffeed, bourbon-like oak apparent in this wine - so it's not for new-fangled drinkers. Excellent persistence. Drink: 2012 - 2021
The Wine Front, 2011
96
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Deep colour; a surprisingly restrained bouquet, only revealing glimpses of the black fruit, licorice, char and violets on offer; the palate is powerful, but held in check by the tightly wound, focused and complex fruit; the tannins are plentiful and fine, and the acidity super-fresh, promising a long life.
2030
Australian Wine Companion 2012
96
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This 2006 Octavius featured in the 2011 Good Wine Guide and is still available. It's in terrific shape and showing plenty of polish and concentration: ripe dark-plum and black fruits, meaty complexity, cedary oak, earthy sweetness and more. The palate's laid out on long, soft and sweet tannins - really mouthwatering stuff, with flavours of blackberry, plum and mocha holding the finish with impressive power and poise. Unfathomable concentration and a very long life ahead. Superb.
2026
The Good Wine Guide
97
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Spotlessly constructed, this ripe and vibrant shiraz is elegant, silky and deliciously fruity. A deeply ripened, wild and heady bouquet of dark plums, blackberries and fresh, tight-grained smoky oak reveals nuances of black pepper and spice with meaty undertones of currants and prunes. Smooth and supple, with a juicy presence of pristine, penetrative fruit, polished vanilla/cedar/coconut oak and crunchy but silky tannin, it finishes with nuances of cigarboxes, briar and smoked meats.
2018-2026+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
95
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Impenetrable colour; the concentration of old vine material is without question, and the array of dark fruit is beautifully framed by the oak; essency on the palate with generous levels of fruit simply swallowing the new oak; dark, tarry, earthy and very complex finish; the wine is massively proportioned, but superbly put together.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
96
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Released as a four-year-old wine it is still initially oaky and full of juicy shiraz and soft tannins needing time to rise and shine. Plenty of flavour for early drinking despite the magnificent concentration.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
95
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
A superlative Barossa shiraz with a vibrant, floral and spicy perfume of vibrant black and red berries, sweet vanilla/chocolate oak and nuances of mocha. Powerfully concentrated but surprisingly elegant, smooth and silky, its long, seamless palate presents an astonishingly bright and intense expression of crushed berry fruit given its time in new very small smoky oak. Very persistent, it's tightly supported by fine-grained spine of drying and grainy tannin.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
97
Campbell Mattinson (2004 Vintage) says
When this was first made it was matured in oak that had itself been aged for eight years, prior to being coopered into barrels. It's always been an American (bordering on ugly) oak-driven style, and largely not to my taste. The 2004 is the first vintage to use a small amount of French oak, and hallelujah for that. 2004 RELEASE For the first time ever, this smells and tastes fabulously modern. It's fresh and elegant, but does not lack an inch of power. Lots of long filigreed tannin, lots of liqueur-like fruit, coffeed oak and a delicious sense of sweet-savouriness. Grackerjack Barossa red wine: juicy, smooth, deep and brilliant. DRINK 2012-2022.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
95
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Marvellously tight, restrained, elegant and finely crafted for such an overt and showy shiraz. Its meaty, black pepper-like aromas of blackberries, redcurrants, dark plums and cinnamon/clove spices are backed by assertive, toasty but tightly integrated influences of cedar and vanilla. Long, firm and concentrated, its sumptuous and multi-layered palate of brooding dark fruit easily carries its showy new oak, framed by tight, powdery and mouth-coating tannins. It finishes savoury, with lingering musky spices.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
96
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Excellent black cherry and blackberry fruit, bright and still fresh; the oak in relative restraint; supple mouthfeel, flavour without excess alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
96

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