Yalumba launches £225 "super claret"

Yalumba has blended Coonawarra Cabernet with Barossa Shiraz to create a £225 “super claret” designed to honour its rich history and experimental nature.

It sourced the fruit from its Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon estates in Coonawarra and two old-vine Shiraz vineyards in Barossa – Yalumba’s Horseshoe vineyard and the Burgemeister Linke Block.

The result is The Caley, a wine structured for longevity and one that Yalumba tipped to be its greatest achievement.

It is named in honour of Fred Caley Smith, grandson of Yalumba’s founder Samuel Smith, who set up the firm 168 years ago.

Fifth generation owner Robert Hill-Smith said: “The Caley is the pinnacle of a long winemaking journey seeking excellence – a ‘super-claret’ that rightfully honours one of Yalumba’s most adventurous sons.”

Fred Caley Smith was a horticulturist best remembered for a research journey that took him to the USA, UK, Europe, the Middle East, Sri Lanka and India between 1893 and 1894.

Hill-Smith added: “The Caley is the result of an unwavering commitment by Yalumba to Australia’s own unique red wine style, Cabernet and Shiraz, from the Galway Clarets of the 1940s, through the Signature and FDR1A that started in the 1960s and 1970s and The Reserve that was created in the 1990s.

“I see it as a symbol of Yalumba’s perseverance and patience – an acknowledgment of the importance of time in crafting great wine.

“The Caley brings together the linear elegance, firm tannins and persistent acid structure of Coonawarra Cabernet with the voluptuous, textural richness of Barossa Shiraz. 

“I felt that given our long history in the making of this quirky blend of Cabernet and Shiraz, a Coonawarra-Barossa creation may yet become our ultimate achievement.

“Our very Australian-ness is captured in the pragmatism of so many of Australia’s early wines – lyrical creations that were about the wine, not the rules – and The Caley is such a wine.

“It is a great example of our rich wine culture of experimentation and a willingness to give it a go.”

He added: “Australian wine is at an exciting time in its evolution. “It can use an authentic story of aspiration, struggle and persistence. The Caley is that story – of a long journey that is a long way from over.”

Yalumba is distributed in the UK by Negociants.

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