Reviewed By: Adrian Bryksa
We have to trace back to April of 2013 since our last review of an Australian wine in the 2011 Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling and after I met Mark Saturno of Longview Vineyards at last nights Corks and Canvas tasting at Willow Park, we knew that it was time to talk about Aussie once again. We selected his 2010 Yakka Shiraz sourced from his families estate vineyards in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. The region is located in the middle of the Barossa Valley to the North, McLaren Vale to the West and Langhorn Creek to the South. It is considered cool climate due to temperature fluctuations during the night and receives higher than average levels of precipitation.
The 2010 Yakka Shiraz is 100% hand picked estate fruit that ages for 18 months in new and aged French Oak. It lives under a screw top and has received high accolades from critics from Wine Spectator and Decanter. ABV is 14.5% and was assessed at 15 degrees Celsius without the aid of decanting.
Eyes: Full bodied with a youthful dark purple core
Nose: Compelling nose of grape Kool-Aid, plum, roasted meat, white pepper and crushed violet. Secondary notes of caramel, chalk, cedar and vanilla.
Palate: Rich and opulent with sweet plum up front moving to an acidic pang that balances its ripe fruit and sweet, grippy tannins. It carries a lengthy, spiced espresso tinged dry finish. While its alcohol levels are evident, it never shows hot and it coats the palate with black fruit and toasted oak.
Conclusion: This is a wine that should always remind us to never judge a book by its cover. This is a muscular young Shiraz with pedigree that delivers immediate enjoyment today and will continue its evolution over the next 5 to 7 years. Highly recommended for those looking for full bodied, fruit forward new world red wine. Pair it up with grilled protein or hard cheese like Parmagiano or Grana Padano.
If you liked this review, check out our coverage of the 2009 PB Hein Suisun Valley Syrah