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2014 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.

2014 Winemaker's Note: The warm and dry January and February was suddenly halted by 100mm of rain in 24 hours, followed by moderate temperatures that caused ripening to slow down. The resultant long ripening period helped to deliver strong varietal flavours. Made with little intervention, the 2014 Paradox used small parcels of grapes fermented with wild yeast in 30hL French open top oak vats. The ferment naturally gets warm, allowing the fruit flavours and textures to express themselves, while the tannin extraction is minimal. Natural malolactic fermentation occurs in oak, the majority of which is old and larger format puncheons.

Terroir: The northern area of the Barossa Valley has some of the oldest landscapes in the Barossa. At 200 million years old, these bed rocks have formed the soils in which the grape vines grow. It is also one of the early grape growing areas of the Barossa with many generational growers who are both traditional and attune to the needs of making their vineyards sustainable with modern viticultural thinking.

Tasting Notes: An inky crimson wine with complex aromas full of mixed spice and crushed black pepper, violets, fennel and hints of blueberries. The palate is lush with layers of velvet, great structure and flavours reminiscent of Satsuma plums, olives, black pepper and anise. The wine finishes savoury and is driven by fine powdery tannins. A great match with:

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

Cellaring: 20+ years

Vegan friendly.

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2014 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.
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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

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