|Our Price: $349.99 / bottle (RRP: $349.99)||Case: 3 x 750ml|
'Bright, deep crimson-purple; the bouquet instantly semaphores a glorious profusion of cassis, blackberry and black cherry fruits, flavours which are precisely mirrored by the palate.'
98 Points - James Halliday
Forget all the recent attention on single vineyard, standalone varietal wines. Yalumba has taken a different approach with the latest addition to its Rare & Fine collection. The Caley celebrates one of Australia's greatest blends of Cabernet and Shiraz, using the best parcels of fruit from special sites in Coonawarra and the Barossa. But this is nothing new for Australia's oldest family-owned winery - they've been at it for almost 170 years and crafting this iconic blend since the late 1800s.
Fifth-generation Yalumba custodian Robert Hill-Smith says the new release harks back to a different time and celebrates Australia's early wines that were so exciting and experimental.
The Caley brings together the linear elegance, firm tannins and persistent acid structure of Coonawarra Cabernet with the voluptuous, textural richness of Barossa Shiraz. The Caley Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz is the pinnacle of a long winemaking journey of excellence.
'52% Coonawarra cabernet, 27% Barossa cabernet and 21% Barossa shiraz, open-fermented with wild yeast (three days) then cultured yeast. Bright, deep crimson-purple; the bouquet instantly semaphores a glorious profusion of cassis, blackberry and black cherry fruits, flavours which are precisely mirrored by the palate. But it's the way this beautiful wine caresses the mouth that is so special, the tannins polished, the oak judged to perfection.'
98 points - James Halliday
'Decidedly elegant, sweet fruited, medium weight, svelte and long red wine. It shows hallmark blue fruits, bayleaf, salty acidity, green herbs of cabernet sauvignon, but the sweet, concentrated, ripe, vanilla-choc-dipped berry fruitiness of Barossa shiraz melts through. It stains the palate with ripe flavours, sweet molten spice, soft, supple tannins. The wine is controlled, lingers, feels finessed, preened and fine. There's a splash of tang to close, but you know that will ebb away with time, which this wine feels it needs. There's undoubted elegance here. Enthusiasts should be satisfied.'
94+ Points - Wine Front
'The Caley is a truly great claret. Aromatically it's beguiling rather than bombastic, an ethereal fragrance drawing you deeper in to the wine. It's beautifully polished and impeccably poised.'
Nick Ryan - The Australian (March 2017)
Coonawarra$51.99 RRP: $69.99
Barossa Valley$59.99 RRP: $65.00