Yalumba launches the 2015 vintage of its icon wine, Yalumba The Caley Cabernet & Shiraz, in the Australian market next week.
It is the family winemaker’s fourth vintage release since the inaugural 2012.
This release of The Caley is a blend of 74% Coonawarra Cabernet and 26% Barossa Shiraz, built to spend many years in the cellar and drink from release to 2035 and beyond.
Yalumba Winemaker Kevin Glastonbury described 2015 as “a terrific vintage”.
“The vintage was solid; it gave us ripeness, generosity and richness,” he noted.
“When you taste The Caley 2015, it’s almost as though the three previous releases are rolled into one. It has the fruit purity and tannin profile of the 2012, the structure of the 2013 and the generosity and approachability of the 2014.
“The 2015, however, stands alone. It’s a star in its own right and a seriously good Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz.”
The wine is named in honour of Fred Caley Smith, grandson of Yalumba’s founder Samuel Smith. Fred was a horticulturist who had a profound impact on the development of Yalumba’s orchards and vineyards. He is best remembered for a ground-breaking research journey he undertook in 1893 and 1894 to the US, UK, Europe, the Middle East, Sri Lanka and India.
Fred’s detailed and poignant letters to his father, sent home every few days, were collected and kept in the Yalumba archive. Each release of The Caley celebrates a step in Fred’s journey, and for the 2015 vintage, the spotlight falls on December 1893 and his time in New York City.
Yalumba The Caley 2015 will be available at yalumba.com and in fine wine retailers from July 1, 2020. RRP: $365.