A small group of Ottawa based wine trade professionals had the distinct pleasure of attending the Yalumba Family Vineyards Fall Tour 2013 tasting event hosted by Jane Ferrari, the Australian and New Zealand Wine Society of Ottawa, and the Australian High Commissioner in Ottawa.
The Yalumba wine company is the oldest family-owned winery in Australia. Founded in 1849 (by Samuel Smith), this winery has deep roots in the wine business. Six generations, over 160 years in business and going strong, 100+ year old vines, almost makes calling Yalumba a ‘new world’ winery seem wrong despite its geographic location. Jane Ferrari, Yalumba’s passionate brand ambassador and winemaker/storyteller, guided the guests on a journey through their suite of wines from their “Methode Tasmanoise” sparkling wine produced from the heart of Tasmania’s Pipers River region, and ending with their premium “The Signature” Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blend, and their iconic “The Octavius” old vine Shiraz, both from the world renowned Barossa Valley in Southern Australia. Both the “Y Series” Viognier, and the “Eden Valley” Viognier were crowd pleasing favourites with layers of complex stone/exotic fruits, minerality, and refreshing zesty finishes. The Yalumba GSM blend, better known as “The Strapper“, and their “Old Bush Vine Grenache” (otherwise known as Blue Collar Pinot Noir), were great old world inspired wines that benefitted from the crowd pleasing characteristics so commonly associated with tasty fruit rich Australian wines. All in all, a cracker jack portfolio of Australian wines that demonstrated great fruit concentration and elegance.