THE SIGNATORY - CHRIS GREENING:
It is with great pleasure we present our 46th vintage release of The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz – a superb 2015 vintage that honours Darrell Kruger. We raise a glass of this wine to celebrate Darrell’s years of service, commencing in 1975 working for Yalumba in the Barossa vineyards. Darrell lives by the old saying “if you enjoy what you do, you never work a day in your life,” and over the years Darrell rose to become Barossa Vineyard Manager, a position he still holds to this day.
Terroir & Site:
The majority of the Cabernet Sauvignon components were sourced from five vineyards in the Barossa Valley, as well as one vineyard in Eden Valley. The diversity of our vineyard selection provides the rich lifted Cabernet Sauvignon aromatics and palate structure for which The Signature is renowned. The Shiraz components include plantings of varying vine age, the oldest being 1925. These blocks are of sandy loam, featuring yellow sand and ochre clay over red clay. The combination of these Barossa blocks provides a Shiraz with sweetness, fullness, depth and layers of complexity.
Winemaking & Viticulture:
2015 produced some excellent aromatic and structured parcels of Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. All parcels of fruit were fermented separately using wild yeasts. The wild yeast contributed to the complexity of the wine, creating richness and fine textures. Various skin contact management on each individual batch, using both open top and static fermenters, allowed us to make a wine with excellent depth of colour, richness, texture and complexity.
This wine is medium to deep brick red in colour and opens with perfumed fruits, showing blue exotic florals, pomegranate and cranberry, with milk chocolate and liquorice depth. The palate is medium weighted with a fresh, tight acidity carrying through. Stylish, approachable and very drinkable. To enjoy this wine at its best we recommend decanting. Pair with beef fillet accompanied by beetroot and horseradish or pinto bean burgers with mushrooms and caramelised onions.
Matured for 22 months in 18% new French barriques and Hungarian hogsheads, balance in older French, Hungarian and American barriques and hogsheads.
- ALC/VOL: 14.5%
TOTAL ACID: 6.6 g/l
SO2: 127 mg/l
Yalumba’s 2015 The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz features complementary notes of cedar and cassis, vanilla and blackberries, mint and black olives. It’s full-bodied and velvety in feel, with ample tannin but also a sense of generosity, and it has a long, grainy-textured finish. Concentrated and intense, it should age well for a decade and a half or more. This 46th vintage of The Signature has been dedicated to Darrell Kruger, Barossa vineyard manager for Yalumba since 1975. - Robert Parker 93 points