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Yalumba The Octavius has established a reputation as one of Australias 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. The secret of the wine not becoming overpowered by the oak is that the wood is seasoned at Yalumba for eight years before the octaves are crafted. Yalumba is one of a select few wineries in the world who boast their own coopers practising the ancient craft of barrel making
Vines with an average age of 100 years. 61% Eden Valley, 39% Barossa Valley picked over a month from 13 February to 18 March. Aged for 22 months in 21% new French, American and Hungarian octaves and the balance in older French barriques, hogsheads and American octaves. Deep crimson. Leathery, fresh and lively – even racy, quite a feat on the part of winemaker Kevin Glastonbury. 17.5/20 Points Jancis Robinson , 93/100 Points The Wine Advocate.
Aged 22 Months in Oak Barrel.