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Yalumba Galway Vintage Barossa Shiraz

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Here we have a value shiraz from a good vintage that is at the more elegant end of the spectrum for a Barossa red. Dark plums and red berries waft out of the glass, along with hints of exotic spices and mocha. The palate is more medium-bodied but ripe and juicy, with choc-coated berry flavours, a lick of pepper and star anise spice, gentle tannins, and a smooth, sultry finish that will have you reaching for another sip. Excellent with poached lamb and veggies.

Winemaker's Notes

This Shiraz shows all the hallmarks of a traditional Barossa Red. 

Appearance: It has a bright colour with crimson hues.

Nose: There are aromas of mulberries, ground spice and liquorice allsorts that speak of its varietal and regional origins.

Palate: The palate is ripe and generous with flavours of mulberries, dark chocolate and hints of beetroot. It finishes with cocoa powder like tannins that give evenness and generosity to the wine.

Food: Enjoy with Guinness and oyster pie.

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Yalumba Galway Vintage Barossa Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Mike Bennie (2013 Vintage) says
New look Galway here. Fine livery. Unoaked shiraz, pretty much. Barossa Valley fruit sources. Spicy scents over forest berry fruit, touch of earthiness, some biscuity sweetness and a lick of eucalyptus character. Go you good thing. Slurpy textured, richness but fresh, effortless slide across the palate, finishes with a lick of chewy, liquorice tannin. Not particularly complex, but texture is set to ‘neck oil’ and drinkability is wildly high. Pretty darn good; bargain.
2015 - 2018
91
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says

Here’s the perfect way to convert any pinot drinker to shiraz. The cool 2011 vintage has blessed young Galway with a little more perfumed violet lift, a little fresher red berry fruit and a touch more pepper spice, making for an alluring, fruit-driven style with soft, supple tannins. 

2012
Wine Taste Edition 65
90
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Yet more money spent on new label design, etc (in the footsteps of Oxford Landing) by the profligate CEO. The wine has a bright crimson colour, and a fresh, zesty palate with a politically correct modest alcohol; just when you think the red and black cherry and plum fruit is about to tail away on the finish, it goes in precisely the opposite direction, picked up by fine, spicy, savoury tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
90
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright colour; spicy and pure blackberry fruit bouquet; very juicy palate, lively mouthfeel, and fleshy fruit on the finish. Great value.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
91
Campbell Mattinson (2008 Vintage) says
The 2007 Galway Shiraz was one of last year's best buys, and this 2008 is its equal. Classic sweet-centred Aussie red, particularly after it has some time to breathe in the glass. Jubey, raspberried cedary and with a clear sense of polish to it - it's a wine that has been smoothed out beautifully. There's the odd gently dilute flavour, but for the asking price it's fabulous. This is one for drinking with barbecued meats.
The BIG Red Wine Book, 2009/10 2009
88
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
The 2007 Galway Shiraz was one of last year's best buys, and this 2008 is its equal. Classic sweet-centred Aussie red, particularly after it has had some time to breathe in the glass. Jubey, raspberried, cedary and with a clear sense of polish to it - it's a wine that has been smoothed out beautifully. There's the odd gently dilute flavour, but for the asking price it's fabulous. This is one for drinking with barbecued meats.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; a thoroughly enjoyable wine with more than sufficient fruit flavour and structure; fine tannins and good length; best for some time.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
Ken Gargett (2005 Vintage) says
Robert Hill-Smith, whose ancestors established our oldest family winery more than 150 years ago, is as close to a vinous aristocrat as we have. Certainly, he readily answers to Lord Robert. Now this wine 1 always thought was named after some fat Irishman with a flute (I don't know why) but apparently Galway was a governor of South Australia nearly a century ago. Anyway, good to see the wine back. Perhaps Lord Robert could be the next Governor General.
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
light- to medium-bodied; nicely balanced savoury, spicy red fruits; indeed traditional, though helped by the vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
87
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
86
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2002 Vintage) says
It always brings a nostalgic smile to our faces when an old faithful performs well against all the young whippersnappers in the wine industry. Yalumba has been making a shiraz under the Galway label for 60 vintages, and this, the 2002, is one of the best we can remember tasting. A good dark colour leads on to spicy, slightly minty smells, and a medium- to full-bodied mouthful of ripe blackberry fruit and vanillin oak. Exceptional value and almost worth buying for the feel-good factor alone.
Quaff 2004 2003
Ray Jordan (2002 Vintage) says
One of the most famous names in Aussie red wine.  In fact this is the 60th vintage and it comes with a new label design to reflect its origins.  Over the years the wine has lightened and it’s now right on the money for the modern style.  Stacks of spicy plum fruit with a gently persuasive edge of oak.  The tannins are silky fine.  I found it really came into its own with decanting, which allows the ripe fruit flavours to emerge from behind the oak.  Excellent drinking over the next five years
The West Australian, 2003 2003
85

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