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2013 Yalumba Paradox Northern Barossa Valley Shiraz

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Here we have a lovely, elegant shiraz from the cooler end of the Barossa Valley. Spiced dark berries, cracked pepper and purple florals decorate the nose, along with a whiff of earthy savouriness. Meanwhile, the palate is medium-bodied and graceful, with dark fruit flavours, some tightness to the fine tannins and a long spice and savoury finish. Cellar it or decant and enjoy tonight with moussaka.

Winemaker's Notes

Paradox: A person or thing made up of contradictory elements. The Paradox is not what you might expect from a wine from the northern Barossa. It’s not the high octane, lots of new oak stereotypical northern Barossa Shiraz, but rather a softer, more gentle velvet-like and savoury style of wine.

An inky, crimson wine. Aromas are complex - full of mixed spice and crushed black pepper, violets and fennel with hints of blueberries. The palate is like layers of velvet with great structure and flavours reminiscent of satsuma plums, olives, black pepper and anise. Finishing savoury it is driven by fine powdery tannins. A great match with...

  • Pumpkin & mushroom risotto with truffle & roasted beetroot [vegan]
  • Grilled lamb backstrap with chimichurri & roasted potatoes
  • Dark chocolate cake with poached sour cherries & fresh cream

Alc/vol: 13.5%

expert reviews about

2013 Yalumba Paradox Northern Barossa Valley Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Deep colour; the very considerable power of this wine is not measured by its alcohol, but is spicy/peppery seasoning for the blackberry and liquorice fruit; oak plays only a minor role.
Drink by 2033
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
This is a vary good Shiraz, one (unintended) paradox a heavyweight bottle and a very ordinary short cork; the more important paradox is the delightful intensity of the savoury black fruits achieved with sub-13% alcohol; the length of the palate is also excellent.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
95

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