Red

1997 Yalumba Shiraz The Octavius

Shiraz

  • Australia
  • South Australia
  • Barossa
  • Barossa Valley
Drink between 2006 - 2016 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 13

  • TS wrote: 94 points

    April 16, 2019 - My second bottle (first drunk in 2012). This is like a great Hermitage. Getting better and better. Was excellent in 2012, and still great now. No signs of over-aging. Could have lasted for another 5 years easily, but was probably at its peak now after 22 years! Impressing Australian shiraz!

  • AnonymousCoward Likes this wine: 95 points

    January 27, 2017 - Spectacular! Replaces the Torbreck Run Rig '04 as the best Shiraz I've had in the past 12 months. The balance of fruit and spice is immaculate, with great dark fruits, some cherry, but not overripe, smoky and earthy notes coupled with a long, long savoury spice finish. Tannins are supple, and the wine happily lasted over two days. This bottle is really in a sweet spot right now. My first 95 point score on CT!

  • Tannic Monster Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 24, 2016 - Drank last night along with some amazing wines. Looks much younger in the glass than its age. Nice ripe cherries hit the palate followed by a think viscous almost syrupy finish with dried leather and stewed fruits. I would never have guessed it was a 1997...still seems to have a few more years of service.

  • maaike2 wrote: 92 points

    November 1, 2015 - Still fresh and young, lots of tomatoes, black fruit, a little pepper. This wine is a miracle for its age.

  • Croquet King Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 18, 2015 - Dark red with blackish ink edges this wine looked big.
    Nose of smokey oak and a hint of bacon. Slightly sweet vanilla coming from the oak.
    Black fruit, Tar and tobacco box with a long finish. Tannins still there and it seems as though it could easily go another 5 to 10 years.

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 2001, IWC Issue #97 (link)

    (Yalumba Shiraz Old Vines) Subscribe to see review text.

Halliday Wine Companion

  • By James Halliday
    2/28/2001 (link)

    (Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Barossa Shiraz) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type Red
  • Producer Yalumba
  • Varietal Shiraz
  • Designation The Octavius
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Australia
  • Region South Australia
  • SubRegion Barossa
  • Appellation Barossa Valley
  • UPC Code 9311789000657

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 81 (57%)
  • Consumed 60 (43%)

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