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Yalumba - The Signature 2009


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Barossa Valley
  • Wine Maker: Kevin Glastonbury
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 52% Cabernet Sauvignon , 48% Shiraz
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2025
Food Matching

Food Matching

This wine can stand can stand up to rich and robust fare, but is also perfect to complement simply cooked or grilled red meat, game and chicken. It works well with most cheeses and cold-cuts, including salami. Vegetarians can try it with roast root vegetables or vegetable tarts. Avoid ingredients and preparations that are too subtle, cream sauces and anything that is overly salty or spicy.

Duty/Vat Paid
Bin End Limited Stock: (2 btls)
WA: 95 (2012) VS: 92 (2012) WS: 88 (2012) JS: 95 (2012) WE: 94 (2008) JH: 96 (2012) WF: 95 (2012)

Wine tasting notes

Almost blood red, this is a Cabernet Sauvignon & Shiraz in motion, changing and shifting from red scents of currants and cranberries to the black fruits of plum compote and black cherries, before a touch of cedar, leafy herbs and powdery black spices freshen the finish. The wine has a coolness that belies its power. The expression is as restrained as it is muscular. Richly layered, the fruit completes the structure. Underneath there’s an umami earthiness, like scents of camping in the woods. Impeccably balanced. Savour with a rosemary pepper beef rib roast with porcini jus.

Winery Information


Yalumba is Australia’s oldest family owned winery founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith, a British immigrant (he was a Master Brewer in England) and it is still owned by the Hill-Smith family today with their high reputation as an independent producer. Yalumba is an Aboriginal word for “all the land around”. The winery is situated in South Australia’s Barossa Valley, in a small town called Angaston - an hour north-east of Adelaide. The winery even has its own cooperage – the only one in Oz.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2012)95 pts

June 2015 Reviewer: Lisa Perrotti Brown - Blended of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and 48% Shiraz, the deep garnet-purple colored 2012 The Signature (Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz) is a benchmark example of this classic South Australia blend. Giving scents of ripe black cherries, blackberries and cassis with underlying cloves, vanilla and menthol hints, it fills the mouth with ripe, seductive but never heavy fruit. Medium-bodied and well framed with firm grainy tannins and balanced freshness, it finishes long and youthfully taut. Always a great value Aussie icon, this vintage is right up there with the best and is certainly one for the cellars of Aussie wine lovers!

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2012)92 pts

Mar '16 - Josh Raynolds - Inky ruby. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe cherry and cassis, with complicating suggestions of toasty oak, pipe tobacco, incense and smoky minerals. Seamless but juicy and sharply focused on the palate, offering gently sweet black and blue fruit flavors given spine by gentle acidity. Rich yet nervy in style, this blend finishes with excellent clarity and length and gentle tannic grip.

Wine Spectator (2012)88 pts

Lithe, focused and appealing, with generous blackberry and cherry flavors, tempered by floral and peach notes as the finish lingers against fine tannins.

James Suckling (2012)95 pts

A balanced, complete red with currant, spice, meat and berry character. Full body with polished tannins and a long, long finish. Very structured and layered. Turns spicy and flavorful. This is a great wine.

Wine Enthusiast (2008)94 pts

Always one of Yalumba's top offerings, the 2008 doesn't show any of the vintage's ill effects. Instead, this blend of Cabernet (56%) and Shiraz (44%) offers a rich, open-knit mouthful of chocomint and dark plum, underscored by savory, meaty notes. This is full bodied and supple, yet muscular, with at least a decade of cellaring potential.J.C.(4/1/2014)

James Halliday (2012)96 pts

Spent 20 months in high quality French, Hungarian and American oak barrels made in Yalumba's own onsite cooperage. This is one of the richest and most opulent vintages of The Signature in the 41 years since the first was made. While the blackcurrant and blackberry fruit flavours dominate the oak, the wine has a certain elegant juiciness that offers drinking at any stage over the next 20+ years, as the tannins are supple and fine, the overall balance perfect.

Wine Front (2012)95 pts

Classic blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. Matured in French, Hungarian and American oak. Rich but tightly held. Dense blackcurrant, mocha, boysenberry and blackberry flavours, slipped with spicy/smoky oak and tobacco-like notes. Not lacking in either density or elegance. Juicy through the finish. Fine, complex tannin. Cork permitting, it should mature beautifully.

Vinification Notes

The grapes were hand picked and crushed to our 8 tonne open top stainless steel fermenters. The natural or 'wild' yeasts present on the grape skins were allowed to initiate the sugar fermentation. Cultured winery yeasts were then added to complete this fermentation. The result is a wine with excellent depth of colour, richness and complexity.