Yalumba The Caley 2016
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PRODUCER: The Caley is the pinnacle of a long winemaking journey of excellence, that rightfully
honours one of Yalumba’s most adventurous sons. A blend of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon and Barossa Shiraz, The Caley is a classic marriage of two noble varieties and two great Australian wine regions. The Caley has been sourced from three outstanding vineyards of the Coonawarra and Barossa regions. The Ming D block of the Yalumba Coonawarra vineyard provides 52% of the Cabernet Sauvignon of the blend. This 2.7ha plot was planted in 1992 with two clones of Cabernet Sauvignon selected for structure and depth of flavour. This block differs from the ubiquitous Coonawarra terroir, with a higher content of clay than the other blocks on The Menzies Estate. The Shiraz is sourced from the Burgemeister “Linke Block” between Nuriootpa and Angaston. Planted in 1901, these Shiraz vines run east-west and are on a single wire trellis. The soil is a red brown earth in the Light Pass loamy fine sand family. There is also a component that comes from the 1971 Yalumba Horseshoe Block in Eden Valley.
WINE MAKING: Matured for 21 months in 25% new French barriques, balance in 2 year and older French barriques and hogsheads.
TASTING NOTE: Very deep, dense red. Showcasing bright, attractive floral notes, cherry, oyster shell, leafy stalks and redcurrant, all typical of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. A very defined and composed wine with engaging ripe fruits on the palate. Medium to full depth with a densely layered structure delivering a prominent yet silky tannin profile.