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Yalumba FDR1A Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

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If there’s one thing Yalumba know how to do, its Shiraz Cabernet. This uniquely Australian blend gets the attention it deserves thanks to fastidious winemaking from the Yalumba team. The only stipulation we make when you open this wine is that you pair it with roast beef, believe us you will be grateful. Black fruits, spice and cedar all combine on the nose before a complex, structured palate delivers a seamless and textured mouthfeel. Elegant, fine-grained tannins see it through the long finish.

Winemaker's Notes

This wine opens with the brooding aromas of dark cassis, then reveals subtle high-tone fresh mints, red fruits and spices and finally the sublime perfumed floral aromatics of violets and sweet cherries.

Medium to full bodied, the palate is fine and sophisticated and elegantly layered with dark red currants, black cherry and mulberry fruits.

Varietal composition: 71% Cabernet Sauvignon - 29% Shiraz

Cellaring: For medium to long term cellaring, 5 - 10+ years

Alc/vol: 14.0%

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Yalumba FDR1A Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Wine Companion (2011 Vintage) says
The wine is remarkable in the context of the season. Medium-weight but pure and essence-like. Blackcurrant, olive, redcurrant and sweet, clovey oak. Gentle massage of tannin. A Monty for medium-term cellaring. No seams.
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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Yalumba’s take on The Great Australian Red is distinctive for its cabernet focus, making its wines brighter, more floral and more elegant. A more determined structure makes them particularly age-worthy, too. Buy the 2008 now and look out for the 2010 in future.
Wine Taste Special Edition 45
Mike Bennie (2010 Vintage) says
The lower alcohol and Eden Valley fruit source conspire in a fresh, fruit-driven wine that shows complexing layers of perfumed blue fruit Cabernet and savoury, spicy Shiraz - long, sleek and stylish with a pinch of ye olde rustic charm. Class act.
WBM Reviews August, 2014
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Medium crimson-purple; a wine with a long and proud history dating back to the 1970s; a totally harmonious blend of the two varieties, blackcurrant, blackberry, plum and black cherry woven together with fine tannins and quality oak. A perfect example of a medium-bodied red wine.
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Australian Wine Companion 2013
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
As the entire Yalumba stable elevates to ever more lofty echelons, there is a strong case for FDR1A as the finest of the new breed within this legendary and historic estate.
Wine 100 Reviews, April
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
"The warmth of the 2008 vintage has made this a riper expression of Cabernet Shiraz by Yalumba standards, but it maintains the low alcohol of this style, a lift of violet perfume, juicy plum and berry compote flavours and a fruit-driven finish."
WBM Wine 100 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Ripe fruits good intensity of dark berry fruit with very pretty length soft tannins and a more elegant spectrum. A finishing combination of black tea and blackberry.
Rob Geddes MW
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
Yalumba's Fine Dry Red 1A spends 13 months in a mix of French and Hungarian oak barrels - coopered on site at Yalumba. And while it has no bearing on the wine inside the bottle - the packaging of this wine, and of the Yalumba range in general, is as good as it gets these days. Give it 45 minutes in a decanter and from there it drinks beautifully. I opened this last night determined to only drink one glass; a damn-near full bottle disappeared! It tastes of blackcurrant, leather, eucalypt and cedarwood, though its briary edges are clear signs of cabernet's wonderful influence. Lovely smoothness. Lovely flavour. Not in any way overdone. Tip top., 2010 2010
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Beautiful colour; the bouquet is a powerful and heady mixture of pure black fruits, spice, licorice and well-handled toasty oak; the palate is dense and powerful, but there is a lightness to the fruit that seamlessly dances across the palate from start to finish; not a wine for everyone, but a wonderful homage to an iconic Australian blend; terrific value for the quality.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Nick Stock (2004 Vintage) says
An inspired take on this blend that encapsulates the charm and might of cabernet teamed with shiraz, executed with Yalumba's distinguished touch. Named as 'fine dry red' (FDR), this is a superb indictment of the cabernet shiraz style, showing leafy cabernet character, quite claret-like, with roasting herbs and mint. Supple and smooth palate with sweet berry and plum flavour, earth and dark spices amid fine, smooth sheets of tannin. It pitches the innate hearty Barossan fruit generosity with fine balance and remains true to the name indeed!
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide, 2010 2010
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Fragrant cedar, spice and black fruits on the bouquet, with added nuances of licorice and chocolate on the long, even flow of the palate; fine, ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion, 2010 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Ripe fruits good intensity of dark berry fruit with very pretty length soft tannins and a more elegant spectrum. A finishing combination of black tea and blackberry.
Rob Geddes MW
Campbell Mattinson (2000 Vintage) says
This is a new premium from Yalumba - sourced from the Eden Valley and matured in all-French oak. The name is apparently a reference to a highly-regarded Yalumba wine from 1974, which was coded Fine Dry Red 1A. The marketing material suggests that it took 26 years for a similar batch of fruit to hit the winery - which seems a rather long bow. In any case the wine, as a maturing six year old, is a jolly good drink, all leather and black berries and coal dust, wafts of corn and liquorice and toast adding rather than detracting. The massage of tannin to this wine is exemplary - the tannin manager should get a pay rise. It's a wine that is maturing slowly but surely and will drink at its best any time from now, and for another five or six years.
The Wine Front Annual, 2006/07 2006

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