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Tasting Note: Yalumba’s 2006 Fromm Vineyard Shiraz

Part of a range of single vineyard Shiraz from Yalumba, which is always a great way to discover the subtleties of the well known Barossa region.  This wine is from Lyndoch in the southern part of Barossa Valley. The vines were planted in 1935.  The area around Lyndoch is the lowest in the Valley and one of the earlier to ripen.  Typical of this region there is a rich ripe unctuousness to the wines.

In appearance the Yalumba’s Fromm Vineyard Shiraz looks like one serious shiraz. Aromas of ripe red and dark fruit, with hints of very dark chocolate and a slight savoury edge. In the mouth this is definitely a soft and succulent wine – typical of the Lyndoch area.

Sweet dark and brooding fruit upfront, with layers of mocha and vanilla, probably from the oak (43% new French oak 22 months, 57% older American oak). An interesting subtle savouriness, almost of roast meats at the finish. And a sensational length too. Fine powdery tannins support the finish. Definitely a fine example from the Lyndoch sub-region.

At once this is both a gutsy and an elegant wine. Sort of Mike Tyson is a velvet smoking jacket.

Yalumba’s 2006 Single Site Fromm Vineyard Shiraz

RRP $59.95
Alc 14.5%
Closure: Cork
Scores: James Halliday 95pts, Tyson Stelzer 95pts, Campbell Mattinson 94pts
Sample: Provided by producer