02 Feb 2012
Yalumba The Strapper GSM 2010
This comes from Australia's oldest family owned winery, but it is very much a new world style...
Yalumba was established in 1849 by British migrant Samuel Smith, which makes it the oldest family owned winery in Australia. There are some wineries that are older, Penfolds being one, but they are not family owned and managed. They have a much more corporate feel to them. Yalumba on the other hand, is so welcoming that one family has stayed there for 160 years! Situated in the Barossa Valley near Angaston, Yalumba has been a pioneer and in the vanguard of the Barossa movement. The name Yalumba means “all the land around” in Aboriginal speak, and yes, they do have a lot of land. Many acres in fact, which were expanded greatly in 1852 when the forward thinking Samuel Smith proved his cunning and tenacity and returned from the Victorian goldfields with a suitcase full of cash, ready to buy more land!
We love the wines from Yalumba as the wines they produce seem to have a great sense of place while offering great value. The just released 2010 The Strapper, a GSM blend (Grenache, Shiraz, & Mataro), is an engaging wine that has gorgeous fruit purity and balance, without being jammy or stewy, retaining a freshness and vibrancy along with a degree of restraint that runs counter to most wines that come out of the Barossa. Did you know that if a wine says "Barossa Valley" on the label, it comes from the geographical boundaries of the Barossa Valley? Oh you knew that one...well if a wine says "Barossa" on the label (the word valley is missing here) then the wine can include grapes from the far flung mountainous peaks of the Eden Valley! The Strapper says "Barossa" on the label, with good reason. Grenache and Mataro (aka Mourvedre) handle the heat very well (think valley floor here). The addition of some cool climate shiraz adds natural acidity and makes for a more interesting and rounded wine.
The Aussie category has taken some lumps the last few years but wines like this can help set that record straight. For the money, in the sub $20 category, this can compete with just about anything out there. Even comparing apples to oranges we cannot think of many wines, in terms of pricing and what they offer, that we would rather drink. We sell this beauty for $16.99 a bottle and $15.29 which makes it very compelling buy anyway you look at it. This just arrived into our market and there is not much of it available, so as always, first come first served.
Posted by Oliver 00:00:00