Two weeks ago we held a tutored tasting with Jane Ferrari. We tasted 8 wines on the night, and I’ve just gotten around to typing up a few tasting notes on the wine.

But first a wee bit about Jane, She is more than a simple Yalumba employee, Jane’s a wine crusader for Australian and particularly Barossa wine. There’s no fakeness about Jane – you realise that she’s doing what she’s doing because she’s passionate about wine. She gives  the distinct impression that she wouldn’t waste her breath on anything she didn’t believe in herself. And i think every one present on the evening throughly enjoyed the night and Jane’s unique insight. Below are a some short tasting notes on the wines tried with Jane.

 1). Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache 2007

Sourced from low-yielding 30-70 year old bush vines. Sweet plums, liquorice and spice complement a velvet soft mid palate texture and long opulent finish. Almost everyone’s surprise wine of the evening!

2. Yalumba ‘Habermann Vineyard’ Barossa Grenache 2005    

From the Habermann vineyard,  this block of Grenache was planted in 1972. A wine of great richness, texture and complexity. Aromas of red berry fruits and floral aromatics.  The palate is fuller and denser with sweet fruit, a complex, textured wine.

3. Running with Bulls Barossa Tempranillo 2008    

Traditionally a Spanish variety, Yalumba have given Tempranillo a home in the Barossa. A juicy but savoury wine with subtle influence from oak, and flavours of raspberry, dark cherry, tar and liquorice. Succulent tannins add structure and length to the wine.  

4. Yalumba Hand-Picked ‘TGVBarossa 2007

 By blending Tempranillo with Grenache and Viognier, a rich, savoury wine has been created.  For the 2007 vintage 88% Tempranillo with a dash of the Barossa stalwart Grenache (7%) and Viognier (5%) were used. This wine is deep garnet red in colour. The aroma is floral displaying rose petals and raspberries with a hint of nutmeg. The palate has gravely tannins with long black cherry flavours that are silky.

5. Yalumba Barossa Patchwork Shiraz 2006   

The Patchwork Shiraz sourced from several high quality yet vastly different Barossa Vineyards.  Excellent depth of colour, richness and complexity. Elegant and restrained rather than brute power, this wine has a supple, silken texture and fine grained, earthy tannins.

6. Yalumba ‘Hahn Farm’ Barossa Shiraz 2005

This  wine comes from the Hahn family vineyard, on the
Barossa Valley floor. This Shiraz is sourced Block D, which was planted in 1970. A wine with excellent depth of colour, richness and complexity. This wine is deep, dark purple-red in colour with a black cherry and dark choc-mint mix nose displaying distinct aromas of coffee, mocha, plum and spice. The palate is complex and intense, yet showing subtlety, elegance and fineness.

7.  Yalumba ‘The Scribbler’ Barossa Cabernet Shiraz 2008

Yalumba ‘The Scribbler’ Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz is a youthful embodiment of ‘The Signature’. Select parcels were hand picked.  Dense crimson purple in colour with a very appealing nose, displaying excellent concentration of dark fruits, spices, liquorice and dark olives. Fresh aromas of violets and lavender are present. The palate is silky and elegant, tasting of sweet blackcurrants and blueberries. A Real favourite on the Night.

8. Yalumba ‘The Signature’ Barossa Cabernet Shiraz 2004

The grapes for ‘The Signature’ are sourced from vineyards within the Eden Valley and Barossa Valley regions. From Old vine Cabernet and Shiraz. Lifted redcurrant, warm exotic fruits and dark chocolate combine with subtle eucalypt flavours. The wine has a generous yet stylish palate, showing dark plums, cassis, chocolate and long fine tannins giving a wine structured for ageing.