From Yalumba's 'Distinguished Sites' range, Paradox is an inky crimson wine with complex aromas of freshly baked plum cake, crushed black pepper, violets and fennel with 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.
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From the Kalimna/Ebenezer district, known for the power of its Shiraz, here conferring a generous black fruit bouquet, the palate with obvious texture and structure, yet has a special vibrancy on the back-palate and finish. 95 points, Wine Companion.
A youthful and richly-fruited expression with a level of finesse that arrives out of seemingly complementary elements of deep flavours and yet precise texture and shape. Deep. The blackberry, gentle spice and driven tannins are striking. Drink now and for a decade or more. 94 points, jamessuckling.com
Soft, unctuous and fine-grained; seamless juicy berries and fresh oak, licorice finish. 95 points, jeremyoliver.com
"Deep, dark red/purple colour. The bouquet is deep and ironstone-like, with almost jammy blackberry, licorice and graphite nuances. The palate is no less impressive: it’s full-bodied and densely fleshed, wonderfully full-bodied and textural, long and satisfying. A ripping shiraz. (Northern Barossa sourced)." 95 points Huon Hooke.
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.
Samuel Smith established Yalumba in 1849 and 165 years later descendant Robert Hill Smith now presides over Australia's oldest family owned wine company. Yalumba owns vineyards and sources fruit primarily in the Barossa and Coonawarra. Robert Hill-Smith manages to combine conservatism and tradition with up-to-date winemaking technology and thinking. Yalumba produces a considerable number of different wines across the price-point spectrum from a multitude of varieties, all with a focus on quality, varietal and regional expression. The strong winemaking team is headed up by Louisa Rose, a brilliantly intuitive winemaker whose white wines are some of the best in the country.