Chief winemaker Louisa Rose directs the winery in a style of their own. It incorporates unique elements such as a grape vine nursery and on site cooperage. Yalumba is at the forefront of introducing new varieties and styles to the Australian palate. They include perfumed Viognier, fresh Vermentino and supple Tempranillo, with Fiano and Verdejo soon to come. Yalumba adopts a holistic approach to environmental practices, focusing on sustainability and natural resource management. They take a leading role in the industry by reducing carbon emissions, increasing biodiversity and exploring organic viticulture. Yalumba has been recognised on the international stage with numerous awards for sustainable environmental management practices. They celebrated 160 years of Barossa heritage with the development of the Barossa Old Vine charter and the release of red wines from ancient Shiraz and Grenache vines. Yalumba was founded in the Barossa Valley in 1849 by British migrant and English brewer, Samuel Smith. Smith and son planted the estate’s first vines by moonlight after purchasing a 30 acre parcel of land just beyond the south eastern boundary of Angaston. Samuel named the patch Yalumba, an aboriginal word meaning all the land around. Five generations and 160 years later, Yalumba has grown in size and stature to become Australia's oldest family owned winery. Yalumba is now run by fifth generation descendant, Robert Hill-Smith and family. Robert was appointed Managing Director of Yalumba in 1985. The Hill-Smith family is committed to an energetic and innovative company that is quality focused and young at heart.
SAM KIM - WINE ORBIT
Fresh, elegant and charming, the wine shows nectarine, rockmelon, lemon peel and subtle oatmeal characters, leading to a succulent palate that is beautifully rounded and finely textured. It is pristine and vibrant with youthful fruit flavours, leading to a lingering juicy finish. At its best: now to 2022. $21.00. NZ Distributor: Negociants NZ.
BOB CAMPBELL MW - THE REAL REVIEW
Fresh and fruity chardonnay with pineapple, tropical fruit, citrus and grapefruit flavours together with a subtle seasoning of toast and vanilla. A soft and accessible wine in a mellow, easy-drinking style.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Juicy and generous, at least at first, with stone fruit and toffee apple flavours doing the bidding.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT
The history of this wine has been that it’s not that good, and not good value. This release is a modest improvement. The palate offers decent varietal flavour. Stonefruit and toffee apple-like, though these flavours are cut by tropical fruit characters. There’s little finish to speak of but this release has a greater appeal than previous.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Medium to full yellow colour, advanced and forward, with a herbal, silage and pineapple bouquet- the palate sweet and a tad syrupy. It's round and pillowy but lacks acid line and cut. A forward, in-your-face style, which is ready now but is probably not for keeping.