2008 Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Imperial (6000ml)
First produced in 1962 the concept of The Signature was born from a comment made at the annual dinner of the Adelaide Stock Exchange. The then Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies declared, 'Gentlemen, this is the finest Australian red wine I have ever tasted.' The Signature is the best wine of the vintage and honours individuals who have made a significant contribution to Yalumba's success. The 2008 vintage acknowledges Judy Argent who's job description is 'managing the winemakers'.
A blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon and 44% Shiraz the wine was matured for 20 months in a complex barrel regime including American, French and Hungarian oak of which 30% was new. Saturated inky black dark crimson red colour with very deep black dark crimson red hue. Very perfumed the nose exhibits ripe blackcurrant, blackberry, dark chocolate and a touch of liquorice with an overlay of cedar and some spice end notes. Richly textured the palate delivers an abundance of rich ripe super concentrated fruit, yet despite the warm vintage conditions the alcohol remains a relatively modest 13.5%. Opulent flavours of dark ripe blackcurrant, dark chocolate and liquorice are to the fore with a back drop of some cedary cigar box like characters and a spicy finish. Perfectly balanced very fine grained yet solid tannin structure. Outstanding length with very long persistent aftertaste of rich ripe blackcurrant, dark chocolate, liquorice and spicy cedar.