Yalumba Rare & Fine The Caley

Yalumba The Caley Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz bottle image

Wine Description

The Caley has been sourced from three outstanding vineyards of the Coonawarra and Barossa regions and is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

Yalumba Clocktower
Yalumba Cooperage
Yalumba Vineyard
Yalumba Barrel Room
Yalumba Museum
Robert and Jess Hill-Smith
Winemaker, Louisa Rose
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"69% Coonawarra Menzies Ming D Block cabernet sauvignon, 25% Barossa Valley Nuriootpa shiraz planted 1901, 6% Eden Valley shiraz planted 1971. Wild ferment to start. Matured 21 months in 25% new French oak barriques and hogsheads. Yalumba began blending Coonawarra cabernet with Barossa shiraz more than a half century ago. This is one of the greatest expressions of this great Australian blend of recent decades. Perfect, compact, fragrant blackcurrant and blackberry fruit depth pauses time as it hovers motionless for minutes, propelled by the most intricate, chalk mineral framework of perfectly interlocked fruit and French oak tannins. A vintage to hark back to for another half century yet." — (Gold)
— James Halliday, Aug 2021
“This has a very impressive sense of composure, offering a very attractive, cedary and floral nose with deep violets and a wealth of forest wood, bracken and blueberries, as well as plums. The palate has intensely ripe, assertive fruit flavors with a succulent, dense and rich delivery of black-cherry, cassis and blackberry flavors. Density with focus and a strong drive at the finish. Long and juicy with real freshness.”– #14 among the Top 100 Wines of Australia
— James Suckling, Dec 2020
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Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
Coonawarra & Barossa
Soil composition
Terra Rossa and Limestone/red brown loam
50-1,100 feet
Harvest time:
February 13-April 2, 2015
First vintage of this wine:
Average Vine Age:
40 years
Certifying Organizations:
ISO14001; Entwine Australia
Sustainability Certification:
EPA Acredited Sustainability Licence
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Winemaking & Aging
Prefermentation Technique:
1-3 days on skins pre fermentation before wild yeast start to ferment
Varietal composition:
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Shiraz
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Malolactic fermentation:
Fining agent:
Type of aging container:
Type of oak:
Length of aging before bottling:
21 months
Age of Aging Container:
46% New, 54% 2+ year old
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Analytical Data
pH level:
6.5 g/L
14 %