Yalumba Octavius Shiraz 2005 - Barossa Valley SA
Yalumba The Octavius has established a reputation as one of Australia's icon Shiraz wines, an amazing feat considering the first release was the 1990 vintage. In addition to being sourced from a number of very old vineyards in the Barossa, The Octavius is matured in American oak 'octaves' of 90 litres capacity. It is the only red wine in the world that is matured in such small barrels.
This wine is full depth red purple in colour. The nose shows hints of opulent plums, coffee and cedar with a crunch of dark berries and a burst of olive and aniseed.
The palate displays sweet spicy fruit in the mid palate, all plump and juicy. This is not a massively concentrated wine, but it is full bodied and has a melt of oozing tannins to finish. Immaculate.