93 POINTS | Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast
Yalumba's Octavius is one of the finest straight shiraz releases to come out of Australia. Named after the 100-litre 'octave' barrels that are made on site by Yalumba's Coopers, which the wine is then aged in for 1 year after spending 22 months in French oak. Vinted from a blend of old vine fruit from the Barossa and Eden Valley, this is rich, concentrated wine with dark berry fruit notes on the palate. Another excellent release from this iconic Australian producer.
The winery writes "A very deep purple, red in colour. This wine showcases Shiraz with its’ depth of Barossa Valley and the alluring, aromatic freshness of Eden Valley. Vibrant aromas of dark cherries, anise and red raspberry. A distinctive wine with richness and dark berry, fruit compote palate. Perfectly balanced, elegant and refined."
Christina Pickard, Wine Enthusiast writes "The average age of the vines for this premium Shiraz is 1936, but some date back to 1854. From French and American staves coopered on site, "Octavius" offers an evocative and multifaceted nose with everything from currants, licorice and mocha to cedar, bay leaf and cloves. There's a lovely woodsy, wintery vibe, and a touch of bottle age, too that softens the ripe fruit but highlights the oak. The palate is powerful and lean at the moment, with elevated acidity and taut, slightly woody tannins. There's a nice tang to the fruit. It's hard to predict how this will age but the hope is it's got another decade left in it at least."