2005 Yalumba Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Imperial (6000ml)
The Yalumba Signature is the perfect expression of an ‘Australian blend’ using two classic grape varieties: Cabernet and Shiraz. In the Old World, these two complimentary grapes would never have met (not legally anyhow), whereas in Australia, in the absence of appellation laws, the blend was all go with no holds barred.The Signature has another notable attribute in that from a corporate perspective, it represents a 'living' acknowledgement to the contribution made to the well being of a company by its employees. Those honoured with a release of Signature have not only been winemakers and viticulturalists, but general managers and key company account executives, recognising that wine production is a team business. Many a man can grow grapes, but few can maintain consistency of quality over the years, as well as maintaining the integrity of the brand. The first Signature was released in 1962. The 2005 vintage acknowledges the contribution of Queensland’s Jeffrey Smith and New South Wales’ Gregory Pullen. Both have a stake in a race horse called “Winehouse.” (We can’t say we’ve seen it listed in any races so far, so our tip is to hold off). Greg Pullen’s tribute finishes with a quote from Aung San Suu Kyi: “Where men are truly confident of their own worth, women are not merely tolerated, they are valued.”
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